We believe that people understand their own places, environments, and communities in ways that are essential to good public policy and good science. Community needs are multi-faceted so projects must flexibly address diverse issues as they arise. But, our diverse projects are shaped by common frameworks drawn from lessons learned over many decades. Our platforms  are designed to scale up to wide geographies and state / national policy frameworks, and to scale down to serve local needs.


LiKEN is collaborating with high schools, community partners, University of KY, and Appalshop in story-catching about the special landscapes of the Central Appalachian plateaus—the forests, coves, waterways, and species that shape mountain life. Youth and elders in Appalachia share photos, memories and visions of the future. This intergenerational storytelling catalyzes community involvement in decisions about how land and resources meaningful to communities might be managed collaboratively. In August 2018, Stories of Place / Martin County, KY” launched, coordinated by Sheldon Clark High School teachers, Nina McCoy (Martin County Concerned Citizens), Ricki Draper (Highlander Center fellow), Mary Hufford (LiKEN Associate Director), and Karen Rignall (UnivKY).



Stories of Place director: Mary Hufford -

Rising Voices is a vibrant network of Indigenous and earth science professionals, tribal and community leaders, environmental and communication experts, students, educators, and artists from across the US and around the world. The program facilitates intercultural approaches for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events, variability, and change. At its core, Rising Voices aims to advance science through collaborations that bring Indigenous and Earth (atmospheric, social, biological, ecological) sciences into partnership, supports adaptive and resilient communities through sharing scientific capacity, and provides opportunities for Indigenous students and early career scientists through scientific and community mentoring.  It is administered by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research / National Center for Atmospheric Research. (UCAR/NCAR) and Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN), and Haskell Indian Nation University.



Heather Lazrus -       

Julie Maldonado -





Indigenous Communities at the Frontlines of

Climate Change & Fossil Fuel Extraction

Film by Paper Rocket Productions

Produced by the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network

In July 2016, Indigenous and other community organizers and advocates caravanned across the United States to gather stories from Indigenous communities at the forefront of work for a just transition from toxic to clean energy. Participants of all ages traveled thousands of miles to learn from front-line struggles to protect lands, air, waters, and health. This film is a living document of their journey.




Please support the final production of this film & our work to hold forums and film screenings





    • April 10 - Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas
    • March 21 at 5:30pm - Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting in Portland, OR
    • March 1, UC Santa Barbara for the American Indian and Indigenous Collective's 2019 6th Annual Symposium -- Flyer (pdf)


    • May 17, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA -- Flyer (pdf)
    • May 18, University of California, Santa Barbara --  Flyer (pdf)
    • May 19, La Casa de la Raza, Santa Barbara  Flyer  (pdf)
    • June 14-17, Audience Awards Film Festival (AudFest), Los Angeles, CA
    • February 25, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, MT
    • April, VisionMaker Film Festival, Lincoln, NE
    • May 14, Ethnic Studies Film Festival, California State University-Stanislaus



The Protect film will be available to order in 2019.

Protect film at Big Sky Film Festival

Native American Documentary Challenge films at the 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 

Funding for the Film provided by

The Solutions Project—Fighter Fund

University of California,
Santa Barbara,
Critical Issues in America:Climate Futures -This Changes Everything,




For more information, contact Julie Maldonado,

Join us to take action to protect our lands, air, waters, and health!

Central Appalachian Folk and Traditional Arts Program Survey and Planning Project is a project of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) in cooperation with LiKEN. With a talented team of 10 cultural workers, LiKEN will coordinate this comprehensive 15-month cultural study of traditional arts and practices in the 112 Appalachian counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. The results of this study will inform the development of an Appalachian Folk and Traditional Arts Program designed to promote the understanding, recognition and practice of the diverse folk and traditional art practices present in Central Appalachia. The survey phase of the project will end in April 2020.



Mary Hufford -