Indigenous Resurgence, Revitalization, and Resource Management in the Klamath River Basin

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 21
Organizers: Sibyl Diver
Chairs: Kaitlin Reed


This panel brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars studying Indigenous resilience and resurgence with multiple Native American tribes in the Klamath River Basin (middle and lower basin). The Klamath River is home to the largest tribes in California, and as well as being home to a number of highly innovative land and water management policies— with Klamath River dam removal slated for 2023. While all tribes are engaging in revitalization on many fronts, all presenters are working with tribal natural resource management departments, from fire to water management. In the resource management context, tribes are engaging with Indigenous knowledge and dominant scientific management approaches in distinct ways. The panel considers how different tribes are engaging with Indigenous knowledge, as well as dominant scientific, legal, and policy tools to protect the river basin that is their home.

Our papers will consider how reciprocity with and responsibility to the cultural riverscape show up across a range of land, water, and resource management challenges for multiple Klamath Basin tribes. We will discuss a variety of tribal resurgence approaches that include working through tribal law, federal partnerships, state partnerships, and multi-level governance arrangements. We will also discuss our research process for engaging with tribal protocols and building respectful partnerships with tribal land managers. We are specifically working with the Karuk Tribe (water quality, prescribed fire, traditional foods), Yurok Tribe (forest management, climate adaptation), and Quartz Valley Indian Community (fisheries management).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kaitlin Reed*, Humboldt State University, Engaging “Radical Relationality” in Environmental Governance: The Yurok Tribe’s Approach to Water and Forest Management 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Jennifer Liou*, , Coho Salvage on Shackleford Creek as a State of Exception 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Sibyl Diver*, Stanford University, Melissa V. Eitzel, UC Santa Cruz, Susan Fricke, Karuk Tribe Water Quality Programs, Ron Reed, Karuk tribal member, Salmon, Clean Water, and Indigenous Science: Facing Inequities in Polycentric Water Governance in the Mid-Klamath 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Kirsten Vinyeta*, University of Oregon, Under the Cloak of Science: Settler Colonial and Racist Logics in U.S. Forest Service Fire Suppression Discourse 15 2:15 PM
Presenter Tony Marks-Block*, California State University, East Bay, Frank K Lake, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Fire and Fuels Program, USDA Forest Service, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Pennsylvania State University, Revitalized Karuk and Yurok Cultural Burning to Enhance California Hazelnut for Indigenous Basketweaving, Klamath Basin, California 15 2:30 PM

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