Fire and Food Sovereignty

Nov. 23, 2020 - Nov. 23, 2020 Zoom and Facebook Live

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 1–2:30 pm  PST  / 4-5:30 pm EST
Livestreamed on Facebook and Zoom. 

Register here to access the Zoom link

This event is hosted by the Humboldt State University Native American Studies Program and co-sponsored by The Natural History Museum.

For thousands of years tribes across California and the world have used intentional burns to renew local food, basketry, medicinal and cultural resources, create habitat for animals, and reduce the risk of larger, more dangerous wildfires. This panel discussion will provide insights on the relationship between fire and food sovereignty.

Fire scientists, cultural practitioners, and environmental historians will discuss the importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and tribal leadership in advancing prescribed cultural burning and suggest ways for non-Native scientists, land managers, and members of the public to help build coalitions, re-establish landscape-scale cultural fire management, and sustain Indigenous food sovereignty.


  • Dr. Frank Lake (Karuk/Yurok), Research Ecologist and Practitioner of Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Merv George (Hoopa), Forest Supervisor on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest
  • Dr. Jared Aldern, environmental historian, fire practitioner, and researcher with the West on Fire initiative of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West