Indigenous Resource Management & Sovereignty in Western North America

Session Organizer(s): 
Natasha Lyons
Chelsey Geralda Armstrong

Anthropogenic landscapes created and managed by Indigenous Peoples were once a common feature of many regions of North America and today are being rediscovered, restored, and re-used by Indigenous communities (and their allies and partners) to their own ends. In this session, we ask contributors to share their visions of the relationship between Indigenous Resource Management and sovereignty throughout Western North America. Case studies might explore how Indigenous Resource Management policies and practices are being codified by Indigenous governments (and other traditional, tribal and cultural bodies); what ecosystems and species are chosen and why; what types of land-based resurgence are being pursued by communities who are land-poor due to colonial processes; and, how these various pursuits are negotiated with different levels of settler governments, outside researchers, internal governance structures, culture and resistance camps (etc)? Finally, how are ecosystems and species restorations planned and/or carried out in practice? For instance, what does it take to restore a clam garden, a high elevation berry patch, a forest garden, or an anthropogenic prairie? What roles do respective partners play? How is success measured? What are some of outcomes in the social, ecological, economic, political and/or spiritual context of community? We invite responses in a range of media, lenses and story-telling styles.