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A holistic conceptual framework, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin by North Central CASC-supported researchers, can help support the integration of Indigenous Knowledge in tribal wildlife management programs.

A graphic image of a four-legged stool representing six components of programmatic level integration of Indigenous Knowledge.


Many Tribal Nations already integrate Indigenous Knowledge into natural resource management, however, much of the effort is made at the project-level which can limit long-lasting integration at the program-level. In a new article published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, North Central CASC-supported researchers, including, North Central CASC scientist Anthony Ciocco and Tribal Resilience Liaison Stefan Tangen, propose a conceptual framework to help support the integration of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) into Tribal Wildlife Management programs. The proposed “IK Support Model” illustrates how sovereignty, funding, cultural resources, stakeholders, the North American model of management, and leadership are all necessary for achieving an impactful and enduring integration of Indigenous Knowledge in program development. Authors identify common challenges and misconceptions of each model component (e.g., sovereignty) and describe how components can work together to help managers and stakeholders enhance holistic thinking when planning. 

This work is supported by the North Central CASC.

To learn more about what it means to ethically engage with Indigenous Knowledges in resource management and conservation spaces, explore the "Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges into Federal Research and Management Webinar Series."

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