University-Tribal Partnerships to Support Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

Wednesday, April 14, 7 - 8:30 PM (CST)

A discussion of the intersection of environmental justice, tribal sovereignty, and academic research.

This discussion focuses on manoomin/psiη (wild rice) and collaborations including First We Must Consider Manoomin / Psiη (Wild Rice), which brings together tribes, intertribal treaty organizations, and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. The project prioritizes tribal views on the cultural significance and ecology of manoomin / psiη (wild rice), and on policies related to it.

Moderated by Mike Dockry (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Assistant Professor, Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

With guests:
- Gene-Hua Crystal Ng, Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota
- Tom Howes (Fond du Lac Band), Natural Resources Manager, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Mark Bellcourt (White Earth Nation), Co-PI of First We Must Consider Manoomin / Psiη (Wild Rice) (retired)
- Tianna Odegard (Upper Sioux Community), Independent Public Historian

Climates of Inequality ( is a project of the Humanities Action Lab (, a coalition of universities, issue-based organizations, and public spaces led by Rutgers University-Newark that collaborate to produce community-curated public humanities projects on urgent social issues. The exhibition was produced with the participation of University of Minnesota students and faculty, and community partners in the Twin Cities. The Bell Museum is happy to share their work.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

Presented by the Bell Museum