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Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: A Journey to Indigenous Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain

with Ryan E. Emanuel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hydrology, Duke University

The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST

Location: Hybrid - Virtual and In-person attendance options (see below for more information)

Free; $5 suggested fee; preregistration required

This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.


In-person option: A limited number of seats will be available in the Reeves Auditorium, with masks required indoors. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats.


Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.


The land we now know as North Carolina has one of the largest Indigenous populations in the United States, and many tribal nations call this land home. Indigenous peoples are the original stewards of the landscapes and waterways of this place, and they continue to take this role seriously today. Although Indigenous peoples are still here, there is a long history - in North Carolina and elsewhere - of ignoring tribal perspectives and voices when making decisions that affect their communities, lands, and waters. In some cases, Indigenous histories and legacies are erased altogether. In other cases, narratives that tie Indigenous peoples to their territories are over-simplified or whitewashed. This presentation highlights some of the Indigenous perspectives that link people to place on North Carolina’s Coastal Plain. It also gives an overview of the ways in which these perspectives have been erased or ignored through colonial practices built into environmental decision-making. Finally, the presentation considers what it might look like to amplify Indigenous perspectives and strengthen tribal participation in stewardship of North Carolina’s environment.







Registration open through 3/24/2022 11:50 AM

About the Speaker

Ryan Emanuel is Associate Professor of Hydrology at Duke University. Based in the Nicholas School of the Environment, he leads a group of scholars who study the movement and status of water in the environment.  His group also works to amplify Indigenous perspectives on land and water. Much of that work aims to identify and address barriers to tribal participation in environmental decision-making in North Carolina. Emanuel has received awards and fellowships related to his research, teaching, and advocacy in the areas of hydrology, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights.  He holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Virginia. Emanuel belongs to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

UNC American Indian Center

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is proud to partner with the American Indian Center to offer this program.

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Seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. The program will also be streamed
live on Zoom webinar. A meeting link and password will be sent a few days before the program.


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