USFS: Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives into Development Projects

Donald Z. Osborn dzo at BISHARAT.NET
Wed Jul 23 13:27:54 UTC 2008

FYI, the following may be of interest. Language is not mentioned, but  
I don't know enough about the sociolinguistic situation of the peoples  
mentioned to know whether that might be an important factor.  
(International forestry, like international development generally,  
often overlooks language beyond local common names for woody plant spp.)

Don Osborn

US Forest Service International Programs Seminar Series presents:

WHAT: US Forest Service and Indigenous People - The Office of Tribal  
Relations and Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives into Development  

WHO: Fred P. Clark National Director of the Office of Tribal Relations  
and Mike Dockry registered member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in  
Keshena, Wisconsin

WHEN: July 24, 2008 12 - 1:30 PM

WHERE: US Forest Service International Programs (near McPherson Square Metro)
1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 5500W, Washington, DC 20005

R.S.V.P. Pari Henkai 202-219-9776 or email at phenkai at

Note: Security measures in our building require all guests to sign in  
at the central security station before the presentation. You will be  
required to leave a photo ID with the officer. Please make sure to  
retrieve your ID when you are leaving. You will be scanned with a  
hand-held metal detector before being escorted to our office.


US Forest Service and Indigenous People:
A Look at the Office of Tribal Relations and Incorporating Indigenous  
Perspectives into Development Projects

The College of Menominee Nation?s Sustainable Development Institute  
has developed a new model for understanding sustainable development  
and sustainability. It was developed based on the Menominee People?s  
culture and experience and is expressed by six discrete but highly  
interrelated dimensions: 1.) land and sovereignty; 2.) natural  
environment (which includes human beings); 3.) institutions; 4.)  
technology; 5.) economics; and 6.) human perception, activity, and  
behavior. According to this model, sustainable development is thus  
defined as the process of maintaining a balance and reconciling the  
inherent tensions within and across these six dimensions of  
sustainability. By using this model, the US Forest Service and  
Indigenous communities may better understand environmental change,  
promote sustainability, and facilitate collaborative community planning.

In this presentation, Fred P. Clark, National Director of the Office  
of Tribal Relations, and Mike Dockry, registered member of the Citizen  
Potawatomi Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, will discuss this  
sustainability model. They will also give an overview of the US Forest  
Service?s Office of Tribal Relations as well as outline the Forest  
Service partnership with the College of Menominee Nation and 150 years  
of Menominee Sustainable Forest Management.

About the Speakers:

Fred P. Clark is the National Director of the Office of Tribal  
Relations. Previously, Clark served as the Regional Social Scientist  
and Human Dimensions Program Leader for the Eastern Region of the  
Forest Service. He graduated from the Forest Service Senior Leader  
Program in September 2006. Earlier positions with the Forest Service  
include: Coordinator for the Southeast Alaska Federal Subsistence  
Regional Advisory Council, Acting Director for Civil Rights and Tribal  
Government Relations for the Alaska Region, and Forest Archaeologist  
and Tribal Liaison on the Chugach National Forest. Clark currently  
serves as the Executive Advisor for Pathfinders, the Forest Service  
employee?s organization for people with disabilities. He previously  
served as the President of the Alaska section of Pathfinders and  
President of the Alaska Region?s Native American Employee?s  
organization, Woocheen. Since 1975, Clark has also worked for the  
National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs!
, Tribes, Native Corporations, universities, museums, and in the  
private sector--primarily in the archaeology, ethnohistory, and  
contemporary cultures of Native American communities in the Western  
US, Alaska, and Central America.

Clark holds an interdisciplinary Master?s Degree in Public  
Administration and Anthropology from the University of Alaska  
Anchorage, as well as a Bachelor?s Degree from the University of Idaho  
(completing majors in Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, and  
Philosophy). He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Mike Dockry is a registered member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in  
Keshena, Wisconsin. He was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and  
currently works for the US Forest Service as the liaison to the  
College of Menominee Nation. He is also a third year PhD Student at  
the University of Wisconsin Madison's Forest and Wildlife Ecology  
Department. A forester, ecologist, planner, and an environmental  
historian, Mike facilitates resolutions to environmental conflicts and  
fosters community participation in natural resource management. His  
approach to his research is as a collaborative process between  
communities and himself. His goal is to empower communities and  
provide them with new tools for understanding sustainability,  
understanding environmental change, incorporating culture into  
resource management, and making decisions.


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