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Native American artists, scholars, food and health advocates, and cultural leaders will present on how water protection and art, health, culture, and food intersect as part of Humboldt State University’s Native American Studies (NAS) Department and Save California Salmon’s Advocacy & Water Protection Speaker Series and Certification Program.  The second installment of Save California Salmon and Humboldt State University’s Native Americans Studies three-part Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California training and certificate program will focus on water rights advocacy as it relates to culture, environmental justice, and community. The concept, “Water is Life” is a fundamental tenet of water rights advocacy and traditional ecological knowledge; this theme carries throughout the module. The panels in this series will explore grassroots movements, indigenous environmental justice, art, food sovereignty, culture, and community resilience as they relate to water justice in different watersheds. 


"Organizers of the series emphasize that water protection is not only about policy advocacy and organizing actions. Art, health and culture are central to water protection efforts in Native American communities."

- Brittani Orona, UC Davis NAS Ph.D. Candidate and Save California Salmon Board Advisor.

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Certificate Requirements: 

  • Attend 3 CORE Courses

  • Attend (5) elective webinars

  • Attend and/or present at the day-long event (at least 3 sessions)

  • Complete evaluation surveys for each course/sessions attended


To receive a certificate attendees pre-registered for courses and webinars. They also completed the post-attendance evaluation surveys. CORE Courses and Electives were recorded and posted online and can be viewed via YouTube if they couldn't attend the course. Certificate of completion for 

“Indigenous environmental justice must necessarily engage with ongoing structures of settler colonialism and land dispossession,” explains Reed. “Settler colonial orientations to land and water that seek to commodify and control facilitate violence against both Native peoples and the environment -- which cannot be disentangled. Reclaiming traditional lifeways -- through arts, foods, and other cultural practices -- must be understood as Indigenous resistance and resilience.”

Kaitlin Reed, Assistant Professor-Humboldt State University Native American Studies

"Environmental injustice is at the very heart of all struggles facing Indigenous people today. Native people have continuously protected their homelands from eco-facism, extraction, and destruction. The Indigenous Environmental Justice series details the innovative ways that Native people engage in environmental protection beyond policy through art, culture, and food sovereignty."

Brittani Orona, SCS Advisory Board Member

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