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August 11, 2011

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NNI Researchers Look at Tribal Health Care
Received $732,000 Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

With support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, researchers with the Native Nations Institute will study the social determinants of health in Native American communities.

The research will identify factors outside the traditional health care system that influence the health and wellness of Native Americans and that are amenable to action or control on the part of Native nations.

The project team comprises the co-principal investigators MIRIAM JORGENSEN, NNI research director, and STEPHEN CORNELL, Udall Center director; STEPHANIE CARROLL RAINIE, NNI senior researcher and the project's director; RACHEL STARKS, NNI senior researcher; and JENNIFER SCHULTZ, NNI graduate research associate and a doctoral student in the UA Department of Sociology.

Over the next three years, the research team will work with 10 Native nations located in Michigan, New Mexico, Mississippi, and elsewhere in the United States

>> more | UANews (June 29, 2011)
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Authors Discuss Concept of "Hydrosolidarity"
Applied to International Water Basin Management

Writing in the May 2011 issue of Water International, a Udall Center-affiliated team -- including ANDREA GERLAK, Udall Center senior policy associate,  and ROBERT VARADY, Udall Center deputy director -- examines the concept of "hydrosolidarity," the notion of upstream-downstream sharing and integrated decision-making about water resources in a river basin.

The paper traces the intellectual history of hydrosolidarity and how the concept has been applied by water scholars and international organizations particularly in the context of integrated water resources man

k, AK, RG Varady, O Petit, and AC Haverland. 2011. "Hydrolosolidarity and beyond: Can ethics and equity find a place in today's water resources management?" Water International, 36 (3): 251-65.

>> more | DOI link


Team Studies Australian Indigenous Governance
Project Supported by Australian Research Council

, NNI research director, and STEPHEN CORNELL, Udall Center director, spent two weeks in Australia in June as NNI's lead researchers on a project funded by the Australian Research Council, "Changing the Conversation --  Reclaiming Indigenous Governance."

The project, housed at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, and carried out in partnership with Jumbunna researchers, is looking closely at governance challenges and Indigenously generated solutions in two Indigenous communities, one in the state of South Australia, the other in the state of Victoria.

Jorgensen and Cornell, who have visited the communities twice, will return in November and will report project results sometime next year. Jorgensen and Larissa Behrendt at the Universit
y of Technology, Sydney, are the projects principal investigators.

>> more | UTS-Jumbunna research page

Relatedlcover_unsettling.settler.statey, Cornell wrote the Foreword for a book published recently by the Federation Press in Australia, Unsettling the Settler State: Creativity and Resistance in Indigenous Settler-State Governance.

>> more | Federation Press catalog


Environmental Working Papers Posted Online
On Climate and Water in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands


A new working papers series about climate change and water resources is available online, products of a Udall Center-based project, "Moving Forward from Vulnerability to Adaptation: Climate Change, Drought, and Water Demand in the Urbanizing Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico," supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sectoral Applications Research Program (NOAA-SARP). 


Working closely with urban water managers and civil preparedness planners in the Arizona-Sonora region, the project developed vulnerability assessments and site-specific adaptive management scenarios at the 5-, 10-, and 20-year horizons for four urban areas (Ambos Nogales, Sonora/Arizona, Puerto Penasco and Hermosillo in Sonora, and Tucson). 


The principal investigators for the project, MARGARET WILDER, associate research professor at the Udall Center and an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development and the Center for Latin American Studies, ROBERT VARADY, Udall Center deputy director, and Gregg Garfin, deputy director at the Institute of the Environment and assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, led a  binational team of climate scientists, water experts, policy scholars, and others.

Working papers for two of the case studies (Ambos Nogales and Puerto Penasco), plus an overview of the project and a summary of project publications, are available on the project's website. Reports for the remaining case studies will appear soon.

>> more | "Moving Forward" Project website 


NNI Facilitates Native Nations Rebuilders Workshops
Supporting Bush Foundation Work in Minnesota and the Dakotas

NNI continued its partnership with the Bush Foundation and its Native Nations  Rebuilders Program by facilitating several workshops and seminars during the summer in the Upper Midwest.

At a workshop held in Duluth, Minn., in July, HERMINIA FRIAS, NNI-Bush Foundation partnership manager (shown above, second from right), AKENABAH BEGAY, NNI administrative assistant (ninth from left, back row), and Bush Foundation senior manager, June Noronha (fourth from left, front row), conducted a workshop on Native nation-building for participants from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Spirit Lake Nation, Three Affiliated Tribes-Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and Yankton Sioux Tribe. Here the group embarks on a tour of the Duluth harbor and portions of Lake Superior. Photo by Mark Tang.

>> more | Bush Foundation NNR website


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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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