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Science Wednesday: Mother Earth: Indigenous Knowledge to Promote Positive Change

2010 April 28

Each week we write about the science behind environmental protection. Previous Science Wednesdays.

Instant messaging. Tweets. Facebook. E-mail. Blogs. Voicemail.

Like a lot of people, I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed with the number of choices available these days for communicating.

And I’m sure I’m not alone with feeling that despite all the new technology and “social media” at our disposal, we sometimes need to step away from the keyboard, turn off our cell phones, and actually get together to see one another.

More face time, less Facebook.

That’s why I’m so excited to be deep into planning for the 2010 National Tribal Science Forum . The Forum is designed for Tribal scientists and environmental professionals to network, exchange ideas, and share data with EPA and other federal partners.

Some 400 participants from Tribal Nations and the EPA will get together to partner and share expertise and information about tribal environmental programs. I expect the gathering will spark lots of great discussions about issues of vital interest to Indian Country.

TSFBlogThe theme of the Forum is “Mother Earth: Indigenous Knowledge to Promote Positive Change.” It is sponsored by EPA and will be hosted by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

This will be the second Tribal Science Forum sponsored by EPA. More than 300 participants attended the 2006 forum, representing 125 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages, intertribal consortia, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and federal, state, and local governments. Representative included the American Indian Higher Education Council, tribal leaders, students, elders, and environmental program directors.

This time around, I’m expecting somewhere around 400 participants to join me and my colleagues from the National-EPA Tribal Science Council. Like them, I’m looking forward to sharing ideas and advancing tribal science in person.

Interested in joining us? Visit the forum website

About the Author: Monica L. Rodia is the Executive Secretary for the Tribal Science Council in EPA’s Office of Science Policy.

Editor’s Note: The opinions and comments expressed in Greenversations, including those in Science Wednesday, are those of the author. They do not reflect Agency policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    April 28, 2010

    Great work ! American Histories are complicated, hard, conflicting,…
    2010 National Tribal Science Forum will be indicate of American Gentleness !!!

  2. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    April 28, 2010

    To have an environmental conference that includes representatives of all the tribal nations of the United States and critical federal and state agencies is a project of the upmost importance; and I support it and wish it and you every possible success. I think it would add alot to the conference if you could invite the First Nations Organization of Canada to participate since some important environmental issues that impact tribal nations cross national as well as state and regional boundaries. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  3. Lina-EPA permalink*
    April 29, 2010

    You’re so right–more face time, less Facebook. We definitely have to engage people directly. Hope that does not become a lost art like traditional letter writing. Wish you success at your forum.

  4. CHKEBlessingway permalink
    June 14, 2010

    First, I would like to thank the President of EPA for finally standing up on 06/17/09 and declaring the Health Emergency at the Libby, Montana Superfund, Region 8, Clean Up site, as my personal family members and thousands have been infected with Asbestos (trimolite) from the Open Pit Mine of W. R. Grace, and are now dying, with NO HOPE OF A CURE..

    Second, I believe the National Tribal Science Forum is a giant step in the right direction, but WE must first look at the reason and cause of contaminations and their agents. WE must reconstruct Laws to protect the nations people against Corporate Contaminations..and not allow them to get away with Legal Murder because a law is not “on the book or out of date”. We must stop the contaminations first and foremost. I sincerely thank every American who stands up for the good of our Mother Earth and it Peoples..Thank you. CHKEBlessingway@twitter

  5. Touch Phone permalink
    November 24, 2010

    It is true, I spend way more face time with my touch phone than I should be. It is great that you mentioned this information to increase face time with one another.

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