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Friday, October 19 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Abalone Wars: Indigenous Voices from the Coastal Frontlines | Indigenous Forum
The ability to gather intertidal resources in California has been critically affected by ecosystem disruption. Recently, the crisis has become worse as Natives and commercial harvesters have gone head-to-head over abalone and seaweed within a regulatory system that ignores the wisdom of Traditional Ecological Knowledge about how to manage the intertidal ecosystem. Indigenous leaders share their experiences on the frontlines of the battle to save our coasts, while fighting to maintain their cultural connections to these resources.

Moderated by Adae Romero-Briones (Cochiti Pueblo) Director of Programs, First Nations Development Institute. With: Ilarion Merculieff (Aleut), Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways; Leah Mata (Northern Chumash), artist; Hillary Renick (Sherwood Valley Pomo), BIA Sacramento; Jacob White Horse (Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux) who interned with the U C Davis Marin Biology Lab’s abalone management research program. 

Workshop Speakers
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Jacob White Horse

Jacob White Horse (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux), a student in environmental studies at United Tribes College in North Dakota, is currently an intern with the UC Davis Marine Biology Lab working on abalone management, the first Native American and tribal college... Read More →
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Leah Mata

Leah Mata Fragua (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash) is a consultant, artist, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work is focused on projects that aim to give greater voice and visibility to her tribal community and that seek to find creative ways... Read More →
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff, who served his people, the Bering Sea’s Unangan (Aleut), and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a wide range of major leadership capacities for 40+ years, is currently President of Seven Generations Consulting and of the Global... Read More →
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Hillary Renick

Hillary Renick, an enrolled member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo as well as a descendant of the Hopland Shanel, Noyo River and Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone indigenous communities, was raised in a traditional subsistence family in Mendocino County. She has worked in land-air-water-cultural... Read More →
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A-dae Romero-Briones

A-dae Romero-Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa), born and raised in Cochiti Pueblo, NM, is Director of Programs for the Native Food and Agriculture Initiative of the First Nations Development Institute. Formerly Director of Community Development for Pulama Lana’I, she is an expert in food... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum