Why Are Native Americans Excluded From Efforts To Combat Invasive Species?

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 3:10pm
Updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 3:17pm
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Across the United States, invasive species are threatening sacred lands in which native tribes rely on to live.

However, when it comes to discussing how to combat these invasives, Native Americans are often left out of the conversation.

So, why are indigenous peoples being excluded and what knowledge might they able to impart to help fight them?

There are more than 56 million acres of Native American lands nationwide and many of them are feeling the effects of the encroachment of invasive species. But as it turns out, there’s a lot we may be able to learn from this threat by blending ecological and anthropological methodologies.

Here to talk about this is Dr. Nicholas Reo, assistant professor of Native American and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, and a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

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