ENV 962a,b () / 2022-2023

Tribal Resources and Sovereignty-Clinic

Credits: 3
Fall 2022: W, 9:00-11:50, Kroon G01
Spring 2023: W, 9:00-11:50, Kroon 321

All interested must send in an application for consideration
The application link is here: https://forms.gle/Ka9gcidscbZrfVuX7

Application opens October 31 and closes on November 18
The course attendance will be capped at 25 students and also requires 1 hour discussion section

Understanding Tribal Resource Management: We will identify and describe the varieties of tribal resources and the limitation of the management prerogatives facing Tribal Nations under the current legal regime. We will explore those resources governed by the trust duty and the federal government’s role. We will also look at the emerging resources
in the green economy and investigate the relations between tribes, states, and private actors.
• Co-management, the trust duty, and tribal sovereignty will be the main themes around which the clinic will be structured. 

• This will be a graduate-level course. This course has no prerequisites and is not capped. It requires an application. It is designed for master’s and Ph.D. students at the Yale School of the Environment, students at the Law School, the School of Management, and the Divinity School. The course is open to Yale College undergraduates and graduate
students from elsewhere in Yale if they get the approval of the instructor.
• This course will enable students to:
1. Gain familiarity with concepts in natural resource management problems;
2. Attain an understanding of the various roles and tools of policymakers and policymaking;
3. Develop an appreciation of the complex dialectic between policy formulation and the different levels of government, as well as other stakeholders;
4. Assess the implications of incorporating different forms of knowledge (disciplinary knowledge, local knowledge, indigenous knowledge, expert knowledge, and citizen knowledge);
5. Gain an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of interdisciplinary work;
6. Synthesize both existing work and individual values and ethics into a defensible approach to complex natural resource management problems
7. Appraise varying forms of injustice and inequities arising from the dynamics of this work;
8. Develop a critical theoretical and historical underpinning for their work, develop a personal self-reflexive stance of openness to various forms of knowledge and different community values, Sharpen their written and oral analytic skills.
9.Students working on this project will integrate technical forestry and policy expertise with other disciplines to create research that can be communicated to forestry and non-forestry decision-makers. In addition, students should have a willingness to learn to work with tribal staff and assert inherent sovereignty at the local, state, national and international levels by coordinating policy, law, and business. 

Limited to 25