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Everything is Connected: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Practices

March 28


About the Event:

How do Indigenous knowledges shape environmental policy, governance, and science? How can a broader understanding of these knowledges reshape the future? Join scholars Wendy F. K’ah Skáahluwáa Todd (University of Minnesota Duluth) and Clint Carroll (University of Colorado Boulder) for a critical conversation about the challenges and possibilities of Indigenous approaches to ecosystem management, tribal land conservation practices, and knowledge sharing. In the context of settler practices and shifting climate conditions, Todd and Carroll draw on their community-based research in tribal communities (Haida and Cherokee, respectively) to demonstrate how Indigenous peoples are navigating access to plants, waters, and places, and the environmental changes that make Indigenous environmental knowledges and strategies both more critical than ever and more difficult to practice. Mona Smith—celebrated Dakota artist and storyteller—moderates.

Event is free and open to the public. Register to join online or in-person!

About the Speakers:

Clint Carroll is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, he works closely with Cherokee people in Oklahoma on issues of land conservation and the perpetuation of land-based knowledge and ways of life. He is the author of Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance (University of Minnesota Press), currently co-edits the Cambridge University Press series Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research, and serves on the editorial boards for Cultural Anthropology and Environment and Society. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Udall Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation. He is an active member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. He is a board member for Indigenous Education, Inc. (home of the Cobell Scholarship) and was recently elected to the Denver Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees (2022-2025).

Wendy F. K’ah Skaahluwaa Todd, Ph.D. is Alaska Native Haida of the Sáangaahl ‘Láanaas Sdast’as clan (Fish egg house). Dr. Todd is a Dr. Howard Highholt Endowed Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth with an appointment in American Indian Studies and Earth & Environmental Sciences. She is an oceanographer and environmental scientist focusing on examining microbial ecology, molecular diversity, biogeochemistry, and biomineralization of groundwater. In addition, she conducts social science research in impacts of diversity in STEM to gain a better understanding, appreciation and respect for diverse students, faculty, and communities. She founded the Indigenous Geoscience Community, a community of Indigenous geoscientists who come together to share cross-cultural knowledge and is co-founder of the Indigenous Women’s Water Sisterhood to provide knowledge to the importance of water and Indigenous women’s role as water protectors.


Mona Smith, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, is a multimedia artist, educator, and co-founder of Allies: media/art and the Healing Place Collaborative. Her media work includes art projects for the web and multimedia installation work, most notably the Bde Maka Ska public art collaboration (2020), Cloudy Waters: Dakota Reflections on the River(Minnesota History Center, 2005, and permanent audio installation at the Mill City Museum’s Ruins Courtyard at the Minneapolis Riverfront in 2011, and Science Museum of Minnesota in 2015), the Bdote Memory Map (with the Minnesota Humanities Center), and the multimedia Dakota welcome installation to Hearts of our People: Native Women Artists exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2019. She has served as consultant for the planning for Indian Mounds Park (sic) and provided video work for the site. She has been part of the Dakota Community Council and is a member of the Native Partnership Council of the Friends of the Falls. She is a member of the PLaCE (Place, Location and Context and Environment) Research Consortium based at the University of West England in Bristol, England, and is a member of the Mapping Spectral Traces International Network. Her artistic and educational work uses image, sound, and place to work “between”—the place of healing, of relationship, of meaning where spirit and physical, life and death, fear and strength, night and day intersect.

About the Series:

The (In)Justice Series presented by the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota brings together scholars, artists, activists, and community leaders to discuss different visions for what justice might look like. ♦ This event is presented in partnership with the Mellon Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative (MESPAC)and Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place, and Community.


84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States