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SWAF Day 2

Day two included a hands-on training experience for practitioners interested in cultivating meaningful and authentic collaborations with Indigenous communities.

Welcome and Blessing

9:00 AM PT


Nikki Cooley – Co-Manager of the Tribes' Climate Change Program at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – and Althea Walker –  Tribal Climate Adaptation Science Liaison for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium at the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center – began Day 2 of the 2021 Southwest Adaptation Forum with a welcoming and blessing.

Tribal Sovereignty 101

9:10 AM PT


A presentation on the principles of Tribal sovereignty.

Understanding Tribal Sovereignty

9:30 AM PT


A panel discussion on the various aspects of sovereignty, moderated by the MC of the day, Melodie Lopez of Indigenous Strategies LLC.  Panelists represented different aspects of sovereignty,  including political Tribal sovereignty, Indigenous data sovereignty, and the rights of nature.

Stretch Break

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM PT

Active Listening: The Story of Water

11:10 AM PT


Attendees learned about the different types of listening skills they can use with Tribal partners, with a chance to practice their skills in a fun interactive workshop.

Lunch Break

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM PT

Wisdom & Reciprocity: Collaborating with Tribal Nations

12:40 PM PT


A panel offering wisdom from several different perspectives on the importance of centering reciprocity while establishing and maintaining partnerships with Tribes.

Stretch Break

1:55 PM - 2:05 PM PT

Planning for Full and Equal Partnership and the Longevity of Collaborations

2:05 PM PT


A panel discussion on the importance of consultation and relationship building prior to project collaboration and before any times of crises, all while encouraging attendees to engage with the Forum workbook to dive deeper.

Closing Reflections

3:05 PM PT


Melodie Lopez and Shasta Gaughen – Environmental Director, Pala Band of Mission Indians – end the day with closing reflections. 

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