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Ava Hamilton, Monica Rattling Hawk at  Fort Collins in the lands of Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho), and Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), photo B. Snow


The IKC is committed to  sharing how Indigenous perspectives benefit our environmental and all of our communities.  We are also building bridges with Western efforts in order to advance Indigenous priorities. We also provide guidance for how other projects can improve their equitable engagement with Indigenous people..

The Bison Cultural Project.

William Snow (Stoney Nakoda) led a Cultural Monitoring project that merges Indigenous wisdom with Western science to pioneer a new, holistic way to restore Plains Bison to their mountain home! 

The Power of the Acorn.

Dr. Diana Doan-Crider (Tepehuan) describes the power of an acorn and Indigenous science for supporting environments and their communities and wildlife.


The IKC and its members have participated in a variety of educational opportunities in order to uplift the interconnected social and environmental perspectives and priorities of Indigenous people.

  • 2020, July 9:            Monica Rattling-Hawk gave a presentation to virtual CGR summit entitled “Tribal Land Ownership from an Oglala tribal member perspective." Starts at 21:40:

  • 2022, March 7:       Emily Boyd-Valandra, Kansie Fox and Cheyenne Ironman presented at Indigenous gathering hosted by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) (funded by Canadian Wildlife Service) to engage those interested in grasslands and grassland conservation. This was attended by 32 participants from 21 Indigenous communities and organizations, some represent multiple nations and 12+ Indigenous languages.

  • 2022, Nov 15:         Alvin First Rider, Tammy Vercauteren, and Christian Artuso gave a presentation on the CGR:  Alvin spoke of his experience and Indigenous sciences:

  • 2023, Jan 26:           Dr. Leroy Little Bear spoke on the Buffalo Treaty vision at a follow-up Indigenous gathering hosted by CIER with 23 participants from 19 Indigenous communities and organizations, some representing multiple nations.

  • 2023, Feb 8:            Alvin First Rider gave a presentation to the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture.

  • 2023, Feb 23:          Cheyenne Ironman, Alvin First River and Christian Artuso presented at the CGR plenary panel at the PCESC (

  • 2023, April 11:        Diana Doan-Crider gave a presentation entitled “Creating Equitable Habitat for Underrepresented Women: Learning from a River” at a North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) special webinar on “Overcoming challenges to achieving equity within the conservation field”

  • 2023, May 31:       Katia Carranza and Ada Smith gave a presentation on the IKC at the Pathways Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado entitled "The Resilience of Indigenous People is Essential to the Resilience of Grasslands"

  • 2023, May 31:       Katia Carranza and Ada Smith gave a presentation on the IKC at the Social Science in Grasslands workshop at the Pathways Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • 2023, Jun 9:             Christian Artuso gave a presentation at a Powley Programme meeting in Ottawa to the Métis Nations on the IKC and Indigenous funding opportunities that have arisen through the CGR

  • 2023, Jun 28:            Aimee Roberson, William Snow, Emily Boyd-Valandra, Teresa Duran, Makawi Chavez, and Katia Carranza gave a presentation on the IKC at the  Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

  • 2023, Aug 10:            Aimee Roberson, Emily Boyd-Valandra, Ada Smith, and Katia Carranza gave a presentation on the IKC  and an emerging CGR social group at the Central Grasslands Meeting workshop at America's Grasslands Conference

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