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June 17, 2010
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Sixteen students representing six Native nations joined faculty and staff from the Native Nations Institute to participate in NNI's fourth annual
NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH GOVERNANCE CAMP held on the UA campus June 13-18, 2010. (see news nugget below) photo credit: Chrys Gakopoulos

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NNI Hosts Annual Youth Governance Camp

The Native Nations Institute hosted this past week 16 students from six Native nations at its fourth annual Native American Youth Governance Camp.
The camp -- designed for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates -- aims to convey the knowledge and skills needed by future leaders of Native nations through a curriculum focused on the keys to effective Indigenous self-governance.
Similar in approach to NNI's executive education workshops, the camp's faculty (Joan Timeche, Renee Goldtooth, Stephen Cornell, and Ian Record) and guest speakers described the fundamental concepts of sovereignty and nation-building; provided case studies and examples of self-governance and economic development success; and engaged the students in critical thinking and decision-making exercises.
In addition to classroom lectures and exercises, the students visited and met with leaders of the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation in Tucson and the Gila River Indian Community and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Phoenix.
Principal funding for this year's camp came from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, with additional support for scholarships and other assistance from the Alamo Navajo School Board, Confederated Tribes of Salish-Kootenai, Gila River Indian Community, Ho-Chunk of Nebraska, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, Navajo Nation, Quinault Indian Tribe, and UA Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office.

> Native American Youth Governance Camp

See also

> Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp (July 18-23, 2010)

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Recent Publications and Presentations

Kerri Jean Ormerod, graduate research associate at the Udall Center and doctoral student in geography and development, presented a paper, "Public attitudes toward expanding reclaimed water use in Arizona," co-authored with Christopher Scott and Anne Browning-Aiken, at the Water Reuse & Desalination Conference held in Tampa, FL, in May.

> Kerri Jean Ormerod

Christopher Scott, associate research professor of water resources policy at the Udall Center and associate professor of geography and development, recently published a paper with Anita Milman, "Beneath the surface: International institutions and management of the United States-Mexico transboundary Santa Cruz aquifer," in the journal, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (vol. 28, pp. 528-551, DOI 10.1068/c0991).

> Christopher Scott

Robert Varady, deputy director of the Udall Center and research professor of environmental policy, delivered the Weston Distinguished Lecture in Global Sustainability in April at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The title of his talk was "Global water governance: Confronting aridity, climate change, and transboundary conflict."

> Robert Varady

Margaret Wilder, associate research professor of environmental policy at the Udall Center and associate professor of Latin American studies, was an invited speaker at a recent conference, "Toward a Sustainable 21st Century: Marine and Freshwater Conservation Law and Governance," sponsored by the Newkirk Center, School of Law, and School of Social Ecology, at the University of California, Irvine. Wilder's talk was "Research, networks, and collaboration: Shaping governance
strategies for the Colorado delta."

> Margaret Wilder

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Gans Interviewed About Immigration Law

For the past month, Judith Gans, manager of the Udall Center's immigration policy program, has fielded dozens of media queries about Arizona's new immigration law, SB1070.

Gans has participated in on-air conversations and interviews with KJZZ Radio (Phoenix), KVOA TV (Tucson), KOLD TV (Tucson), KUAZ TV and KUAZ Radio (Tucson), Markeplace from American Public Media (San Francisco), CNN International, The New York Times, and for other news articles and features, including a documentary film.

Gans has published several reports and papers on U.S. immigration policy, the economics of immigration, and immigration reform. As part of the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), she is preparing a white paper on the key elements of an enforceable immigration policy, including looking at the economic impact of immigrants in the U.S. economy.

> Judith Gans

> Immigration Policy Publications


Our Man In Durban

Prescott Vandervoet, Udall Center research analyst with the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program,
is attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Durban, South Africa, where, accompanied by family members and a vuvuzela, he will see the first-round matches for Japan vs. Netherlands, South Korea vs. Nigeria, and Brazil vs. Portugal, followed by a second-round match in Cape Town.

He also plans to visit Cape Agulhas, the southern-most point of Africa, to assess the transboundary aqua zone of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

> Prescott Vandervoet

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Web Site Updates

Here are some additions and revisions to the Udall Center's website:

> New webpage
> Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program

> New documents and images
> Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Workshops


Decision-makers, water managers, environmentalists, and emergency preparedness planners joined with a binational group of multi-disciplinary researchers at the 4th BINATIONAL WORKSHOP ON WATER, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES held in Hermosillo, Sonora on May 7, 2010. (see news nugget above) photo credit: Jamie McEvoy

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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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