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NNI staff members met with Chief Oren Lyons (above, center) in February prior to his delivering the second lecture in the Vine Deloria, Jr., Distinguished Indigenous Scholars Series (see more here) organized by the UA American Indian Studies Program and co-sponsored by NNI.

Lyons, Distinguished Service Professor and professor emeritus at SUNY Buffalo, is Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, and serves as a member of the Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. He wrote the foreword for the book, Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (UA Press, 2007), edited by NNI research director Miriam Jorgensen and with chapter contributions by several NNI researchers (see more here).

Attending the luncheon were (left to right): Akenabah Begay, administrative associate; Renée Goldtooth, manager, leadership and management programs; Joan Timeche, executive director; Minnie Frias, partnership manager, Bush Foundation, and former chairwoman of the Pascua-Yaqui Tribe; Dr. Lyons; Rachel Starks, senior researcher and senior research coordinator; Charissa Delmar, research specialist; Ian Record, manager, educational resources program; and Sonia Tinoco, administrative assistant, NNI/Bush Foundation.

In attendance also, but not shown in the photo, were Stephanie Carroll Rainie, senior researcher and Udall Center operations manager; Michael Tynan, senior fellow, Kaiela Institute, Rural Health Academic Center, University of Melbourne; and Ronald Trosper, head, UA American Indian Studies Program. (Photo by Ronald Trosper)

For more information, contact: Joan Timeche [email protected]


Sabastian Vicuna, executive director of the Center for Global Change (Centro de Cambio Global) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, spent a month recently at the Udall Center as a visiting scientist via an exchange program of AQUASEC, a new center of excellence on water security and policy outreach that is jointly hosted by the UA and PUC.

Vicuna (above, nearest the computer screen) was hosted by Christopher Scott (above right), associate research professor at the Udall Center, associate professor in the School of Geography and Development, and a co-director of AQUASEC, and by Robert Varady, deputy director of the Udall Center.

While at the Udall Center, Vicuna met with researchers in the UA Institute of the Environment, Water Resources Research Center, School of Geography and Development, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Center for Latin American Studies, and other units to take advantage of the UA's network of researchers who have extensive experience working with decision makers and other stakeholders concerned with climate risk and water security in the U.S.-Mexico border region and elsewhere in the Americas.

Vicuna, Scott, and others are collaborating on a series of ongoing research projects supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, and others agencies, and are preparing publications as well as grant proposals to continue and expand the collaborative research and outreach efforts of AQUASEC.

For more information, contact: Sebastian Vicuna  [email protected] | Christopher Scott  [email protected] 

E  V  E  N  T  S

Future Native Nation Builders Seminar

March 23, 2013
Tucson, Arizona
Applications are due March 4.

An executive education program created by NNI for college students. Topics include: governance and sovereignty, diversity among Native nation governments, the role of leaders and citizens, and case studies in decision making.

For more info, click here.



60 Minutes from Indian Country Lectures

Fridays | 12:30-1:30pm
Harvill 332A
UA Campus

Weekly seminar series on diverse topics of interest to Indian Country. Upcoming presentations by NNI researchers will be:
Miriam Jorgensen and Ryan Seelau (March 29);
Stephen Cornell and Jen McCormack (April 26).

For more info, click here.


Tribal Constitutions: Rebuilding Native Governments Workshop

April 3-4, 2013
Tucson, Arizona

Designed to assist Native nation leaders and key decision makers in developing the governance tools needed to achieve their nations' strategic goals.

Leaders and governance experts will share information and lessons that Native nations have learned from constitutional reform.

For more info, click here.



Transborder Climate Webinar Series

March 11 & April 12 | 12:00-1:00 pm 

Organized by the UA Institute of the Enviornment and co-sponsored by the Udall Center and other units with support from NOAA, the webinars feature talks and dialogue on climate research and initiatives in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

For more info, click here.

P  U  B  L  I  C  A  T  I  O  N  S

Environmental Policy
Working Paper

Economic change in the Arctic: Is the Antarctic governance model needed?

By Bernard P. Herber

Discusses a possible model of governance for Arctic natural resources.

2013 | 29 p. 
Udall Center Publications

To see this paper, click here. 


Environmental Policy
Working Paper  

Incorporating an ecosystem services approach in environmental impact statements: Useful tool or business as usual?

By Carrie Presnall, Laura López-Hoffman, and Marc L. Miller

Evaluates the results of a survey of U.S. Forest Service staff to assess the value of ecosystem services as part of the environmental impact assessment process.


2013 | 32 p. 
Udall Center Publications

To see this paper, click

Immigration Policy

Household income, poverty, and food-stamp use in native-born and immigrant households: A case study in use of public assistance

By Judith Gans

Analyzes incomes, poverty, and reliance on the social safety net by native and immigrant households with U.S. citizen children age 18 and under.


2013 | 73 p. (w/ data tables) 
Udall Center Publications
To see this paper, click here.
 Environmental Policy
Research Article

Water security and adaptive management in the arid Americas

By Christopher Scott, Francisco Meza, Robert Varady, Holm Tiessen, Jamie McEvoy, Gregg Gargin, Margaret Wilder, Luis Farfán, Nicolás Pineda Pablos, and Elma Montaña

Examines societal-ecosystem-hydroclimatic interactions, dynamics, and uncertainties that drive water insecurity.

2013 | 103(2): 280-289 
Annals of the Association of American Geographers

To see the paper, click here.



Environmental Policy
Research Article

Iterative driver-response of human-environment interactions in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands

By Christopher A. Scott and Stephanie J. Buechler

Characterizes and compares social-ecological interactions in two watersheds in the U.S.-Mexico border region.


2013 | 4(1): 16 p. 

To see the paper, click here.


Environmental Policy
Journal  (Special Issue)

Rethinking integrated assessments and management projects in the Americas
(special issue)

Edited by Gregg M. Garfin, Patricia Romero-Lankao, and Robert G. Varady

Comprises ten papers that explore complementary approaches to interdisciplinary integrated assessment in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the United States.


2013 | 26(Feb): 1-112 
Environmental Science & Policy (special issue)

To see the paper, click here.


I  N     T  H  E     N  E  W  S
High Country News
February 18, 2013 

Economy, distrust complicate allocation of tribal settlement money

NNI research director Miriam Jorgensen was interviewed for an article about the issues and debates surrounding how Native nations plan to use recently awarded federal trust fund settlements.

To see the article, click here.

Arizona Water Resource 
Winter 2013 

How should we understand "water security"?

In a guest opinion essay, Udall Center researchers Robert Varady and Christopher Scott propose and discuss a working definition of "water security."


To see the essay, click here.

February 13, 2013 

New book explores water management solutions across international borders

Features a new book -- Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges -- edited by Sharon Megdal, director of the UA Water Resources Research Center, Robert Varady, Udall Center deputy director, and Susanna Eden, also at the WRRC.


To see the article, click here.

Udall Center Update | March 7, 2013
Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
Established in 1987, the Udall Center 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.

Stephen Cornell, Director  
Robert G. Varady, Deputy Director

To see the Udall Center staff roster, click here.

Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI)
The Native Nations Institute, 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.

Joan Timeche, Executive Director
Miriam Jorgensen, Research Director

To see the NNI staff roster, click here.

Udall Center Publications
Robert Merideth, Editor in Chief