INHABITANTS is being made in conjunction with our Tribal Advisory Board which includes collaborators from the Tribes highlighted in the film. These partnerships will ensure that the film is accurate, culturally appropriate and meets the needs of their communities.
Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson of the Hopi Tribe, is a PhD in Natural Resources and traditional Hopi dryland farmer – a practice of his people for over two millennia. His work includes lecturing about dryland farming and breaking down barriers for indigenous farmers working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) . He also serves as a Research Associate for the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF).
Kalani Souza of Native Hawaii, is a a Hawaiian practitioner and cross cultural facilitator working to build community resilience to climate change with a specific focus on food sovereignty. He is the Executive Director of the Olohana Foundation a 501c3 that serves native and underserved peoples in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Alaska, U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Pacific Islands, Micronesia, and Mauritius.
Teri Dahle of the Blackfeet Tribe, is the Program Director of the Iinii Initiative working to conserve traditional lands, protect Blackfeet culture, strengthen ecological integrity and create a home for the buffalo to return. It is a collaboration with the four sister tribes that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy. (Blackfeet Nation, Kainai Nation, Piikani Nation, and Siksika Nation). Other partnerships include the Oakland Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society(WCS)
Bill Tripp of the Karuk Tribe, is the Deputy-Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization for the Karuk Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources. He is a specialist on forest management and the lead author on the Karuk Eco-cultural Resource Management Plan (ECRMP) and co-author of the Karuk Climate Adaptation Plan. His work involves developing partnerships and strategic action plans to enable large landscape collaborative management throughout Karuk Aboriginal Territory and beyond.
Chris Caldwell of the Menominee Tribe, is the Director of the Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation. His expertise are Tribal resilience, Applied Research and Outreach, Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary communication.
Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.Dr. Chief’s research also focuses on how indigenous communities will be affected by climate change.
Through a partnership with FALCON and Faculty at tribal colleges we are working to develop companion educational materials that will accompany the film and be incorporated into coursework.
John Philips and the First American Land-Grant College Organization Network (FALCON) board. a nonprofit professional association of administrators, faculty and staff of land-grant tribal colleges and universities. FALCON is sanctioned by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).
This documentary has been made possible with support from the Namaste Foundation
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This documentary is being made through the Fiscal Sponsor The SocialGood Fund 501c3 Non-Profit.
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