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December 9, 2010

NNI film documents an Indigenous fisheries management success

The Native Nations Institute has released the film, Return of the Red Lake Walleye, a documentary produced and directed by Ian Record, NNI's educational resources manager.

The 30-minute film chronicles the extraordinary effort of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, working with the State of Minnesota and federal government, to bring back the culturally and economically vital walleye from the brink of extinction.

The film will be broadcast on public television stations in Arizona and Minnesota and is available for purchase.

Support for the film's production was provided by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation and the Bush Foundation.

Others who contributed to the film were Ariel Mack (graphic design); Keith Secola (music); Michael Baron, Steve Bayless, and Bob Lindberg (editing); and Leah Lussier (narration).

> Return of the Red Lake Walleye (film website)

> Email: [email protected]

staff news
Recent scholarly publications and presentations by Udall Center and NNI staff

MANLEY BEGAY, NNI faculty chair

presented the 2010 Narrm Oration, "Indigenous Nation Re-Building Renaissance: Lessons about Leadership, Governance and Resiliency of Native North America" at the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne (November 11).

> University of Melbourne news article (website)

> Email: [email protected]


STEPHEN CORNELL, Udall Center director

delivered an invited talk, "Changes in Tribal Per Capita Distribution Policies," at the 8th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit in Seattle (December 3) and was featured in the Distinguished Speaker Series of the UA Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, where he spoke on "Reconstituting Native Nations: Colonial Boundaries and Institutional Innovation in the U.S., Canada, and Australia" (November 19).

> Northwest Gaming Law Summit (website)

> Email: [email protected]


MIRIAM JORGENSEN, NNI research director

spoke at the Center for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University in Canberra on "Indigenous Private Property Rights in Land: Comments on the Conversation in North America" (November 5).

> Indigenous Private Property Rights in Land (pdf)

> Email: [email protected]


STEPHANIE RAINIE, NNI senior researcher

presented a talk, "Tribal Community Management of Health Care: What Are the Lessons?" on behalf of co-authors Stephen Cornell and Miriam Jorgensen at the American Public Health Association annual conference in Denver in November.

> Tribal Community Management of Health Care (pdf)

> Email: [email protected]


Robert Varady (second from right) served as General Rapporteur of the ISARM 2010 (Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management) conference organized by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme in Paris.

ROBERT VARADY, Udall Center deputy director

was General Rapporteur for the ISARM 2010 (Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management) conference in Paris and presented the talk (on behalf of his co-authors, Christopher Scott, Udall Center associate research professor of water resources policy, and Sharon Megdal, director of the UA Water Resources Research Center), "Transboundary Aquifer Institutions, Policies, and Governance: A Preliminary Inquiry" (December 7).

> Transboundary Aquifer Institutions (pdf)

> Email: [email protected]


PRESCOTT VANDERVOET, Udall Center research analyst

co-authored a research article and a report recently:

In "Methods of Violence: Researcher Safety and Adaptability in Times of Conflict," which appears in the Winter 2011 issue of Practicing Anthropology (33-1: 33-37), Vandervoet and co-authors Jeremy Slack (a former graduate research associate at the Udall Center and a doctoral student in the School of Geography and Development) and Daniel Martinez (a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology) discuss their experiences of field research along the U.S.-Mexico border.

> Methods of Violence (pdf)

Vandervoet is one of 17 co-authors (including Andrea Prichard, a Udall Center graduate research associate and a doctoral student in the School of Geography and Development) of a U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report, Nogales Flood Detention Study, that looks at the flood-detention features developed in tributaries that feed rainfall into the Nogales Wash along the U.S.-Mexico border.

> Nogales Flood Detention Study (website)

> Email: [email protected]

JOPNA working paper generates media attention
The recently published JOPNA Working Paper, "American Indian Self-Determination: The Political Economy of a Successful Policy," by Stephen Cornell, Udall Center director, and Joseph P. Kalt, Harvard University professor of political economy and an NNI faculty associate, was the focus of news articles in Indian Country Today (link) and The Daily Yonder (link).

> American Indian Self-Determination (pdf)

> Email: [email protected]


NNI research analyst Ryan Seelau and Laura Seelau (center) at a meeting with Indigenous leaders in the community of Codpa, Chile, while on a visit to present talks before members of the Aymara Parliament and at the Territorial Assembly for the Aymara communities.
NNI's Ryan Seelau working with Indigenous groups in Chile on rights to self-determination

NNI research analyst Ryan Seelau and his wife, Laura Seelau, currently residing in Santiago, Chile, recently completed a five-day site visit in northern Chile to meet with several Indigenous organizations and community leaders in the region.

While in the communities of Arica and Codpa, Ryan and Laura, alumni of the UA Rogers College of Law and experts in Indigenous rights and international law, presented talks to members of the Aymara Parliament (on "The Right to Self-Determination: What Does It Mean and Why Is It Important?") and before the Territorial Assembly for the Aymara communities (on "Pride in Profits, Not Pride in Poverty: Economic Development and Cultural Identity").

Ryan and Laura established in 2010 the Project for Indigenous Self-Determination (Project ISD), a nonprofit organization committed to the right of self-determination for Indigenous peoples worldwide. Their efforts with Project ISD build on their experiences with the Native Nations Institute, UA Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, and Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

As a research analyst for NNI, Ryan is assisting the development of NNI's distance learning curriculum on Native nation building.

> Project for Indigenous Self-Determination (project website)

> Email: [email protected]

Laura Seelau (right) presenting to members of the Aymara Parliament in Arica, Chile.

Ryan Seelau (right) and Laura Seelau (center, rear) participating in a Pawa ceremony in Codpa, Chile.

UA law students launch environmental law journal

Students in the UA Rogers College of Law recently published their first issue of the online Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. The journal is a sponsored publication of the Udall Center.

The journal examines environmental issues form legal, scientific, economic, and public-policy perspectives.

Among the articles in the first issue is one by Terry Bracy and Ellen Wheeler, respectively chair and executive director of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, titled "Stewart Udall: Renaissance Man."

Priya Sundareshan, the journal's editor-in-chief, notes that the journal seeks involvement and contributions from students in departments across the UA campus.

> Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (website)

> Email: [email protected]

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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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