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October 21, 2011

cover_noaaUdall Center researchers receive grant from NOAA to study climate adaptation

The Udall Center is the host for a recently awarded $300,000 research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the concept and practice of adaptive water management and the role of climate knowledge in building institutional adaptive capacity in the U.S.-Mexico border region. 

The research project, "Managing Demand and Rethinking Supply: Adaptation, Conservation, and Planning in the Drought-prone Southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico," is led by MARGARET WILDER, Udall Center associate research professor and associate professor in the Center for Latin American Studies and in the School of Geography and Development, and co-PIs ROBERT VARADY, Udall Center deputy director, and Gregg Garfin, deputy director of the UA Institute of the Environment and a longtime Udall Center collaborator.

The bi-national research team will investigate the potential adaptation options that may effectively reduce mid-to-long term vulnerability to climate
variability and change, given identified urban water sector vulnerabilities in the region.

For more information, contact [email protected]



NNI initiates a distance-learning curriculum for tribal colleges

With support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, NNI is enrolling selected faculty and staff at the nation
's three-dozen tribal colleges and universities in NNI's "Economic Development" online certificate course.

The initiative aims to build the capacity of tribal colleges and universities to educate citizens of Native nations and others about sustainable economic and community development in Indian Country, in particular small business development.

NNI has produced three courses (with another five under development) in its course series, Rebuilding Native Nations, produced by IAN RECORD,
NNI's educational resources manager, and RYAN SEELAU, NNI research analyst, with assistance from others at NNI and from Arizona Public Media.

The courses come in two formats, online and DVD, and include a study guide.



Terrence Bracy has appeared often on C-SPAN (shown here in 1998) and in other venues to discuss with distinguished panelists the work of the Udall Foundation and of the legacy of Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall. See

Terrance Bracy steps down as chair of Udall Foundation board

The Udall Center and Native Nations Institute extend deep thanks and best wishes to Terrence L. Bracy, who has chaired the Udall Foundation board of trustees for 17 years.


Bracy will step down from that role at the end of this month.

Bracy has led the foundation from its inception in late 1994. The foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor the 30-year legacy of public service by Congressman Morris K. Udall and was expanded in 2009 to honor former Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall.


Since 1995, the Udall Foundation has provided generous support to the Udall Center for its environmental policy and Indigenous nations policy programs. In 2001, the Udall Foundation and the University of Arizona founded the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy as a unit of the Udall Center.

There will be a dinner to honor Bracy and his distinguished service to the Udall Foundation on Thursday, October 27, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Bill Bradley, former three-term U.S. Senator from New Jersey and 2000 Presidential candidate, is the keynote speaker at the dinner.

For details about the dinner, please call (520) 901-8500 or email Theresa Fernandez at [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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