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California Indian Fair for Research Partnerships at CSU, Chico November 1-2, 2008

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California State University, Chico will host the California Indian Fair for Research Partnerships on the Chico campus November 1-2, 2008. The California Indian Fair for Research Partnerships: A Forum for Connecting People, Participatory Research & Sustainable Natural Resource Management will facilitate scholarly collaboration between California Native American community members, university researchers, students, government and tribal agency officials, and leaders from non-profit organizations. The California Indian Fair will foster communication and cooperation between the academy and native communities by creating a forum in which all stakeholders can work together on identifying participatory research topics of mutual interest.

The fair emphasizes participatory research as an alternative approach to help alleviate the challenges of research being irrelevant and even detrimental to native communities. The Fair partnership includes the Mechoopda Indians of Chico Rancheria, the Karuk Tribe of California, the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians, the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, California Indian Forest & Fire Management Council, Community Forestry & Environmental Research Partnerships (CFERP) of the University of California at Berkeley, UC Cooperative Extension Service, UC Davis and California State University, Chico.

The two-day conference will support a full schedule of sessions, workshops, exhibits and discussion opportunities that focus on participatory research, collaborative approaches, developing a common language, building community trust, environmental justice, cultural and political challenges, and sustainable resource management. Saturday, November 1, Debra Harry, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism will present the plenary presentation titled, “Tying research, Native American knowledge and sustainability together for living in today’s world.” For more information please visit the The California Indian Fair for Research Partnerships Web site at