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6/2/15 GGG Speaker Series presents Dr. Beth Rose Middleton and Gayle Totton: "Toward Justice in Planning: Tracking SB-18 (2004), the 'Traditional Tribal Places Law’”

Event Date: 
2015-06-02 04:10 - 05:30

2015 GEOGRAPHY GRADUATE GROUP Spring Speaker Series
*Tuesday June 2nd, 4:10-5:30pm * 166 Hunt Hall*


"Toward Justice in Planning: Tracking SB-18 (2004), the 'Traditional Tribal Places Law’” 

This pilot study focuses on the implementation of the first state law (Senate Bill 18, California, 2004, the “Traditional Tribal Places Law”) to mandate the participation of indigenous people in local (city and county) planning. SB-18 also includes tribes (federally recognized and federally unrecognized) in the list of entities approved to hold conservation easements. This study of four counties is the first step in a statewide analysis of SB-18’s intent, application, and results. The goals are to inform future statutory development to improve institutional support for indigenous participation and leadership in land use decision-making.

Dr. Beth Rose Middleton (Afro-Caribbean, Eastern European) is Associate Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Beth Rose’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, indigenous analysis of climate change, Afro-indigeneity, and qualitative GIS. Beth Rose received her BA in Nature and Culture from UC Davis, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. Her book, Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation (University of Arizona Press 2011), explores Native applications of conservation easements, with an emphasis on conservation partnerships led by California Native Nations. Beth Rose has published on Native economic development in Economic Development Quarterly, on political ecology and healing in the Journal of Political Ecology, on Federal Indian law as environmental policy, and the history of the environmental justice movement in The CQ Guide to US Environmental Policy, on mapping allotment lands in Ethnohistory, on using environmental laws for indigenous rights in Environmental Management, on the application of market-based conservation tools to Garifuna site protection in Caribbean Quarterly, and on challenges to cultural site protection in Native California in Human Geography. She is currently working on a text on the history of Indian land rights and hydroelectric development in northern California, a study of the application of Senate Bill 18 (the “traditional tribal places law”) in California, and providing staff support (volunteer) to an alliance of Native American land trusts. Other organizations she works with include the Maidu Summit Consortium, the Roundhouse Council Indian Education Center, the Maidu Cultural and Development Group, and the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment.

Gayle Totton, PhD Candidate, Geography, UC Davis