Handbook for Conservationsists

The Indian Law Resource Center is writing a one-of-a-kind handbook that will help build collaboration between conservationists and Indian and Alaska Native nations. The goal of the Conservationists’ Handbook is to facilitate better alliances in order to improve the effectiveness of conservation efforts. Protection of the environment is enormously important among Native communities. Yet collaboration between Native peoples and conservation organizations often is impeded, because professional conservationists often lack information about Native nations and their resources. Today there is no ready resource to provide conservationists with practical information about Indian and Alaska Native peoples, their lands, histories, cultures and legal rights. Our Conservationists’ Handbook will expand understanding of Indian and Alaska Native tribes and will help foster positive relationships between conservationists and Native communities. The Handbook will be distributed widely among universities and conservation programs. We expect this resource to be a building block for powerful alliances that will protect the rights of Native peoples, while also protecting threatened lands and ecosystems throughout the United States.