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Webinar: Indigenous Rights and the Public Trust

May 18, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This webinar is part of the Public Trust in California Webinar Package. Get the bundle!

1 Participatory MCLE Credits

Indigenous Californians serve an important role as stewards of the land and legal trustees. This event will explore those connections in case studies and case law developments. Professor Beth Rose Middleton Manning will discuss her scholarship on the role that indigenous Californians have served as land stewards, with a focus on the indigenous communities in Northern California. Professor David Sandino will discuss case law developments on tribal water rights in California. This event is part of a series of discussions exploring the public trust in California. 

CLA Member Price – $55.00
Non-CLA Member Price – $75.00
Law Student – $10.00

Speakers: Elisabeth Rose Middleton Manning and David Sandino
Moderator: Sara Dudley, Dudley

Elisabeth Rose Middleton Manning
Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Manning is a professor of Native American studies at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Manning’s holds a Ph.D in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Manning’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her broader research interests include rural environmental justice, indigenous analysis of climate change and Afro-indigeneity. She is the author of Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation called a which examines new and innovative ideas concerning Native land conservancies, providing advice on land trusts, collaborations, and conservation groups. Her second work, Upstream: Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River has been termed a “must read for wilderness advocates.” Upstream documents the significance of the Allotment Era to a long and ongoing history of cultural and community disruption. It also details Indigenous resistance to both hydropower and disruptive conservation efforts. With a focus on northeastern California, this book highlights points of intervention to increase justice for Indigenous peoples in contemporary natural resource policy making. A frequent lecturer, her work has been frequently cited and was recently featured in the West Coast Water Justice podcast.

David Sandino
David Sandino served as Chief Counsel for the California Department of Water Resources under an appointment by Government Arnold Schwarzenegger and currently serves as senior staff counsel.  He has worked on Tribal, water, environmental, and energy issues during his thirty-year public service career. Among his duties, he worked on DWR’s AB 52 Tribal consultation policies for new water projects, developed Tribal engagement strategies for reserved groundwater rights, and assisted the Klamath River Compact Commission on issues relating to reserved water rights and the public trust. His academic career has centered on teaching water courses, including at UC Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where he teaches Tribal Water Law and Policy, Santa Clara University School of Law, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Russia, where he taught international environmental law.

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