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

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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.

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