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.
The Appalachian Land Study is a community / scholarly collaboration to provide accurate data about land ownership, mineral rights, and public revenues in Central Appalachia. We seek to update the groundbreaking 1979-81 study that revealed that only 28% of land and 20% of mineral rights are owned by local people across six states. Since 2016, LiKEN has participated in a broad coalition of concerned citizens, practitioners, and scholars (www.appalachianlandstudy.org). The regional collaboration supports grassroots community members. With data on land, local community projects can address inequities of the past and start to build strong, vibrant communities with sustainable livelihoods.
Betsy Taylor - Director@LiKENKnowledge.org
Deborah Thompson - Dthompson@LiKENKnowledge.org
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 - Hufford@likenknowledge.org
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Maldonado - jmaldonado@LiKENKnowledge.org
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.
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- 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
- John Foran, “The Power of Indigenous Activists at the Summit of the Climate Justice Movement“, Huffington Post, August 2, 2016
- Frances Madeson, “Keep It in the Ground’ Movement Puts BLM Leasing in Its Sights, Indian Country, July 13, 2016
- ICTMN Staff, “Protect Our Public Lands: Indigenous Witnesses Take Fracking and Climate Concerns on the Road“, Indian Country, July 16, 2016
- “Protect Our Public Lands Tour: for a Just and Renewable Energy Future, July 18-31, 2016“, Huffington Post, July 19, 2016
- “Indigenous Leaders Caravan Across the Country to Call for an End to Fracking”, Colorlines, July 18, 2016
- Rebecca Sobel et al, “Advocates and Indigenous Community Leaders, Organizers, and Elders Rally at BLM Santa Fe”, Wild Earth Guardians,July 20, 2016
- Kendra Pinto, “How Are Our Lives Not Important? An Eyewitness Describes The Nageezi, NM Oil Fire” Huffington Post, July 22, 2016
- Interview with Ava Hamilton and Julie Maldonado on radio show, “Living Dialogues”, KGNU Community Radio Station, Boulder CO, July 24, 2016
- Press Release, “Climate activists forcibly removed from American Petroleum Institute-sponsored Politico energy event at DNC in Philadelphia”
NEWS & UPDATES
The Protect film will be available to order in 2019.
Funding for the Film provided by
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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 - firstname.lastname@example.org