Remaking a People, Restoring a Watershed: Klamath Tribal Empowerment though Natural Resource Governance


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships




In 1961, the federal termination policy transferred the Klamath Tribes' land in southern Oregon out of tribal ownership and ended all federal education and social programs guaranteed to the Klamaths through their treaty with the US government. Without dismissing the traumatic effects of the termination policy, "Remaking a People, Restoring a Watershed" analyzes how the Klamath Tribes asserted sovereignty to influence natural resource management on public and private lands in the decades following termination and into the twenty-first century. While this case study focuses on the Pacific Northwest, it speaks to environmental issues that Native American tribes and non-Indian communities face across the United States. This project will result in a book manuscript and lessons for history, Native American studies, and sustainability courses offered through Maricopa County Community College District in the Phoenix metropolitan area.