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February 21, 2023

The Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources collaborated with fellows and investigators from the Southwest CASC to create an ethical framework for collaborative research that led to the creation of their Intentional Fire podcast.

In the fall of 2022, the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Natural Resource Workforce Development Fellows from the Southwest CASC and investigators, highlighted their collaborative process when launching the Intentional Fire podcast. Centered around upholding Indigenous research sovereignty, the journal article “Stories as data: Indigenous research sovereignty and the “Intentional Fire” podcast” describes this collaboration as a type of “campfire” model that ascribes aspects of collaborative and ethical research to the components of a campfire. The Indigenous stories shared in the resulting Intentional Fire podcast expand the knowledge available to support climate adaptation planning. This type of collaboration exemplifies how universities and agencies can engage Indigenous communities in collaborative research while upholding Indigenous research sovereignty. 

This work is supported by the Southwest CASC Natural Resource Workforce Development Fellowship.