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imageSUNY–ESF Center Focuses On Native Peoples and the Environment

October 17, 2006
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) has established a Center for Native Peoples and the Environment that will focus on developing connections between traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western scientific approaches.

Establishment of the Center, the only one of its kind in the Northeast, was announced Oct. 17 during ESF's daylong teach-in on indigenous and western approaches to environmental stewardship.

The center's goal is to create programs that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge to address environmental protection and restoration. Center programs will include efforts in education, research and public outreach.

The center director, Dr. Robin W. Kimmerer, said the path to achieving those goals is to integrate multicultural perspectives into courses across the broad spectrum of ESF's programs.

"What makes this center unique is the bridge between western, scientific knowledge and traditional ecological knowledge," Kimmerer said. "This is a w