Wisconsin Energy Institute panel discusses energy development, activism on tribal lands – The Badger Herald

by | Nov 2, 2022 | Energy

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the Forward in Energy Forum held a panel titled “Power and Water: The confluence of energy development and activism on Tribal Lands” Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Wisconsin Energy Institute. 
The panel was moderated by UW water resources engineering research associate Parisa Sarzaeim. The panel discussed how Indigenous nations in the Midwest are handling large scale utility companies building energy infrastructure on tribal lands.
Assistant professor of history and American Indian studies Sasha Maria Suarez spoke on the topic of Indigenous activism and resistance. Suarez said activism takes many forms. Activists participate in water walks as well as public hearings and legal cases. Activists can also take direct actions, such as camping among oil pipelines with the goal of raising awareness to the threat an oil spill would have on water sources and Indigenous communities.
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“We see the ways in which Indigenous peoples are building strong coalitional movements between Native and non-Native people around this issue of our shared environments, and why it is important to protect them,” Suarez said.  
Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians environmental program manager Kathleen Brosemer spoke about seventh-generation thinking, a philosophy that decisions today should consider the sustainability for seven generations in the …

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