Indigenous Community Engagement on Environmental Issues

Where We Bow Our Heads Out of Respect Event. From left to right: UCI Law Profesor Seth Davis; Joyce Stanfield-Perry, Tribal Manager & Cultural Resource Director, Juaneno Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation; Angela Mooney D’Arcy, Director, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples; Dr. Charlie Sepulveda, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly Pomona

Through the UCI Community Resilience Projects, the Office of Sustainability has fostered interest in and dialogue about Indigenous community engagement on environmental issues at UC Irvine. In 2013, Angela Mooney D’Arcy (Acjachemen), director, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, coordinated this work on behalf of the UCI Sustainability Initiative. In 2016-17, UCI graduate student Noemi Linares-Ramirez (Latina-Navajo), served as the Sustainability Initiative’s Fellow on Indigenous Environmental Issues. Collaborators have historically included the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, UC Irvine Law’s Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR), the American Indian Resource Program, and the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.

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Indigenous community engagement on environmental issues continues through multiple UCI departments, faculty-led school-based centers, and student centers such as the Global Sustainability Resource Center. Contact us to get connected with campus units leading current efforts.