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March 10, 2010
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Renee Goldtooth (center, standing), NNI manager of leadership and management programs, and Joan Timeche, NNI executive director (seated far left), instruct at the Native American Youth Governance Camp, one of NNI's educational programs for current and emerging Native leaders.

NNI receives major award for public service

The Native Nations Institute has earned the 2010 Public Sector Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians.

The NCAI, the largest and oldest organization of Indigenous nations in the U.S., awarded the Native Nations Institute and its partner, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, for "groundbreaking research" and support of tribal nations regarding political, economical and social issues.

Stephen Cornell, director of the Udall Center, accepted the award last week on behalf of NNI and the Harvard Project at NCAI's 12th Annual Leadership Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C.


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Udall Center staff participate in festival

Ian Record, NNI manager of educational programs, will talk about his book, Big Sycamore Stands Alone: The Western Apaches, Aravaipa, and the Struggle for Place, during a panel discussion at the Tucson Festival of Books on Saturday, March 13,  4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Catalina Room of the Student Union on the UA campus.

In addition to Record, the panel will feature Karl Jacoby, author of Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History, and San Carlos Apache tribal citizen Hutch Noline (an Aravaipa Apache descendant).

Robert Merideth
, Udall Center editor in chief and chair of the book festival's Nonfiction Authors Committee, will moderate the session, "Prickly and Forbidden: Writing About Spiny, Delicious, and Smuggled Plants."

That panel features Scott Calhoun, author of The Hot Garden: Landscape Design for the Desert Southwest, and Adam Gollner, who wrote The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession, and will be held Saturday, March 13, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Room 130 of the Integrated Learning Center on the UA campus.


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Udall Center and NNI "bookfest"

Over the past few years, Udall Center and NNI researchers have produced an expanding list of books on public policy and the environment, immigration, Indigenous nations, and other topics.

Here are the recent additions:


Conservation of Shared Environments: Learning from the United States and Mexico

Laura Lopez-Hoffman, Emily McGovern, Robert G. Varady, and Karl Flessa, eds.  (2009, University of Arizona Press)

Presents research on a broad range of ecological, social and political challenges of transboundary biodiversity conservation in the U.S.-Mexico setting, using scientific insights to help bridge gaps between researchers, policymakers, and the public in the two countries.


Wastewater Irrigation and Health: Assessing and Mitigating Risks in Low-Income Countries

Pay Drechsel, Christopher Scott, Liqa Raschid-Sally, Mark Redwood, and Akica Bahri, eds. (2010, Earthscan)

Addresses the problem of poor quality water use for irrigation near urban centers, state-of-the-art health risk assessment, and low-cost options for reduction, all in developing countries.


Water and Sustainability in Arid Regions: Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Social Sciences

Graciela Schneier-Madanes and Marie Francoise Courel (2009, Springer)

Discusses water use and management in arid regions of China, the northern Mediterranean, southwestern United States, Iran, the Maghreb region, Argentina and Chile, and Mexico.



A Primer on U.S. Immigration in a Global Economy

Judith Gans (2006, Udall Center)

Places the phenomenon of immigration in the broad context of today's global economy, with historical background on current U.S. immigration policy.

more>> [pdf]


Big Sycamore Stands Alone: The Western Apache, Aravaipa, and the Struggle for Place

Ian Record (2008, University of Oklahoma Press)

Examines the homeland struggle of the Western Apaches, synthesizing historical and anthropological materials to provide new insights into the relationship of people and the land.


Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development

Miriam Jorgensen, ed. (2007, University of Arizona Press)

Provides guidelines for creating new governance structures, rewriting constitutions, building justice systems, launching nation-owned enterprises, encouraging citizen entrepreneurs, developing new relationships with non-Native governments, and confronting the crippling legacies of colonialism.


The State of the Native Nations: Conditions Under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination

Joseph P. Kalt, Stephen Cornell, Miriam Jorgensen, and others (2007, Oxford University Press)

Brings together scholars and Native leaders to produce the most comprehensive, cohesive interdisciplinary study available on current conditions and trends in Indian Country.



Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World
(2nd ed.)

Stephen Cornell and Douglas Hartman (2007, Pine Forge Press)

Uses examples and extended case studies from all over the world to craft a compelling, even-handed account of the power and persistence of ethnicity and race in the contemporary world.


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Varady talks on border environmental issues

Robert Varady, Udall Center deputy director and director of the Center's environmental policy programs, recently presented a talk, "Environment and security in the U.S.-Mexico border region: Water and air issues," at the Puentes Consortium Mexico-U.S. Higher Education Leadership Forum, convened in Houston, TX, January 14, 2010.

more>>  [pdf]

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Environmental conflict resolution

The Udall Center is a sponsor of ECR 2010, the sixth national conference on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution organized and hosted by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution in Tucson, Arizona, May 25-27, 2010.

The Institute is a unit of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency based in Tucson.

ECR 2010 is a three-day event filled with training workshops, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, technology fair exhibits, plenary discussions and presentations across various topics within three conference tracks:

- policy challenges of the next decade and the role of ECR
- engaging federal-tribal-state-local governments
- new tools and technologies and their application to ECR


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Robert Merideth
Editor in Chief
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Chrys Gakopoulos
Graphic Designer (Udall Center)
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Ariel Mack
Graphic Designer (NNI)
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Emily McGovern
Editorial Associate and Research Analyst
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Established in 1987, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education with decision-making. The Center specializes in issues concerning: (1) environmental policy, primarily in the Southwest and U.S.-Mexico border region; (2) immigration policy of the United States; and (3) Indigenous nations policy.


The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), founded in 2001 by the Morris K. Udall Foundation (now Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation) and The University of Arizona and housed at the Udall Center, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

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