Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California

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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 you must pre-register for courses and webinars. You must also complete the post-attendance evaluation surveys. CORE Courses and Electives will be recorded and posted online and can be viewed via YouTube if you cannot attend the course. Requirements must be met by October 1, 2020 to complete the certificate. 

The certificate is open to anyone who completes the series.

Save California Salmon & HSU Native Amer

Course Catalog:

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 says,

"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."

Assistant Professor Kaitlin Reed from HSU’s Native American Studies department emphasizes that art, health and culture are critical aspects of water and land protection, as well as an important act of resistance to contemporary settler colonial natural resource management.

“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.”