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Bridging Indigenous and Traditional Scientific Approaches:

Both projects seek to enable Indigenous communities to become informed about and make decisions regarding environmental concerns in their communities. Prevailing principles guiding these projects include respect for Native language and culture, and community empowerment. The best approach to accomplish these principles is to fund non-governmental organizations with consistent missions, and access to and familiarity with the indigenous communities of concern. The ultimate desired outcome is improved public health protection and environmental quality.

Note: Special acknowledgement for assisting with the discussion of Navajo education concepts goes to Steve Semken, Division of Natural Sciences of Dine College, and the Waste-management Education and Research Consortium.


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Last updated: April 4, 2002


“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestor, we borrow it from our children”
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