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Module 3: Direct Action & Allyship with Indigenous Movements


The final installment of our three-part Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California training and certificate program will examine Indigenous resistance via strategies and tactics employed by water protectors. Beginning with an examination of historic resistance along the Klamath River, this installment will focus on campaign creation, media outreach, and youth advocacy.

August 7th, From Fish Wars to Fish Kill

Moderator: Kaitlin Reed - HSU Native American Studies


  1. Susan Masten- Yurok

This core course explores the history of Indigenous environmental justice in California and beyond. Indigenous people are the most impacted by environmental degradation through a legacy of genocide, violence, and removal. Despite this, Indigenous people are the leaders of grassroots campaigns and have contributed to major water victories to protect their homelands.  Panelists in this core course will discuss the effects of environmental destruction on tribal lands, the rise of the Indigenous environmental justice movement, and ongoing struggles to protect indigenous environments through grassroots advocacy. 

Moderator: Regina Chichizola - Save California Salmon


  1. Mahlija Florendo, Indigenous Women Art and Design

  2. Sheridan Noelani Enomoto - Run4Salmon

Course Documents:

From Fish Wars to Fish Kill- Susan Masten

August 14th, Community Organizing & Creating a Campaign 

From the Dakota Access Pipeline to this summer’s Black Lives Matters demonstrations to youth climate strikes, community action and organizing is changing the way people think about racial justice and the environment in the United State. Community action is also changing the way that Californians are approaching water and climate change issues and how they think about environmental justice and food security. This panel will discuss how to create a campaign, how to map your campaign and the essential aspects of how to build a successful movement to protect water. 

Course Documents:

Community Organizing and Creating a Campaign, Regina Chichizola

Community Organizing Through Art, Mahlija Florendo

August 21st, Telling Your Story: Outreach and Media

Moderator: Regina Chichizola - Save California Salmon


  1. Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune, Hoopa Valley Tribal member

  2. Terria Smith,  News from Native California 

Fish versus Farmer, Tribes versus Fishermen, Environmentalists destroying jobs, the media is constantly creating false conflicts and overly simplified stories about water issues in California. However we know that healthy rivers, food security and jobs can all go together. This panel will discuss how to use existing media media to benefit your work, how to be a media spokesperson and create press releases, and how to create your own written and visual media.

Course Documents:

Introduction, Regina Chichizola

Story Telling and Social Media, Allie Hostler

Telling Your Story, Terria Smith

August 28th, Youth Water Advocacy & Education


Regina Chichizola - Save California Salmon

As statutes fall and people start to question our focus on policing rather than education, people are asking how we can create a more equitable society for our communities and our children. Youth, however, are questioning if they even have a future and what that might look like without clean water and a liveable environment. The truth is that whether it is Black Lives Matter or the environmental movement, youth are leading the charge to create change in the United States. The questions they ask  are: “should we have to fight for a livable environment and fair future?” and “why are we not included in the conversation about how we want to be engaged and educated?”


This panel will be led by Native youth and will discuss how we can better support youth-led movements for clean water and protected fisheries in California. We will focus on how youth have led the movements to take down dams, to fight new dams, diversions and pipelines, and to restore Tribal rights and fisheries in Northern California. We will also discuss how the youth-led movements on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers can be a model for other communities and how Indian education programs can provide models to change school curriculum across California. 

Youth & Water, Ashia Wilson

Don't forget to fill out the evaluation form for module 3 so you can receive credit in the certificate program!

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