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TMI Continues Leadership in Revitalizing Relationships between Native Americans and Traditional Tribal Lands

Dr. Jeremy Spoon, TMI Research Associate and Assistant Professor at Portland State University, and longstanding Nuwuvi research partner Richard Arnold have just completed a scientific publication promoting cooperation between indigenous peoples of the American Southwest, local stakeholders and the US Government with regard to access to traditional tribal lands. Published in a special issue on ethnobiology and religion in the Journal for the Study of Religion, Culture and Nature, “Collaborative Research and Co-Learning” addresses the severance of the Nuwuvi, or Southern Paiute people of the southern Great Basin, from their ancestral lands, both physically and spiritually. The article summarizes Dr. Spoon’s ongoing efforts to create a framework for partnership between the Nuwuvi and US Fish and Wildlife Service that would give native peoples greater access to and responsibility for the integrity of their traditional homeland. It also highlights other TMI activities in the southern Great Basin. An abstract for the article is available at:  Scenic View From Gass Peak Road

Dr. Spoon has also presented a proposal to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for creating an interpretive and public use site plan in the Back Canyon Archaeological District in Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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