Indigenous Climate Knowledges and Data Sovereignty

89 minutes

In this episode of Warm Regards, we talk to two Indigenous scientists about traditional ecological knowledges and their relationship with climate and environmental data. In talking with James Rattling Leaf, Sr. and Krystal Tsosie, Jacquelyn and Ramesh discuss how these ideas can challenge Western notions of relationality and ownership, how they have been subject to the long history of extraction and exploitation of Indigenous communities (practices which continue today), but also how Indigenous scientists and activists link sovereignty over data created by and for Indigenous people to larger sovereignty demands.

You can find a transcript of this episode on our Medium page:

James Rattling Leaf, Sr.
North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Rising Voices:

GEO Indigenous Alliance

Oceti Sakowin

Tribal Climate Leaders Program:

Krystal Tsosie

You can follow her on Twitter:

Native BioData Consortium

United States Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network

CARE Principle for Indigenous Data Governance

Finally, you can listen to Good Fire at their website or wherever you get your podcasts:

Further reading:

Several of Kyle Whyte’s papers informed out team’s understanding as we prepared this episode:

Indigenous Climate Change Studies: Indigenous Futures, Decolonizing the Anthropocene

Indigenous Lessons About Sustainability Are Not Just “For All Humanity”

Too late for indigenous climate justice: Ecological and relational tipping points

Dominique M. David-Chavez and Michael C. Gavin, A global assessment of Indigenous community engagement in climate research.

Eve Tuck & Wayne Wang 2012, Decolonization is not a metaphor

For more on how climate change impacts Shishmaref, see Elizabeth Marino’s book, Fierce Climate Sacred Ground:

Scott Kalafatis et al., Ensuring climate services serve society: examining tribes’ collaborations with climate scientists using a capability approach:

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

This Teen Vogue article is a nice introduction to land acknowledgements

For more on the Land Back movement:

This Flash Forward episode (with lots of links for further reading)

The 2Land2Furious project by the Métis in Space podcast creators

Jacquelyn would especially like to thank Katherine Crocker, who has deeply influenced her own thinking about Indigenous sovereignty and ethical partnerships. Check out her essay, Cricket Egg Stories:

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