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Southern Paiute Cultural Resources and the Lake Powell Pipeline Project

For the past two years Richard Stoffle has worked with the Kaibab Paiute Tribe, the San Juan Paiute Tribe, and the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah to represent their cultural concerns regarding impacts from the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline project. This community collaboration was made at the requests of the three tribal governments and involved helping the tribal governments better understand the potential cultural impacts and what these mean for Southern Paiute culture.... Read more

Class-C Radioactive Waste Disposal Programmic Environmental Impact Statement

Over the past 2.5 years Richard Stoffle has worked with the Argonne National Lab and Waste Management Office of the Department of Energy to facilitate the direct participation of American Indian tribes in production of the GTCC PEIS. Stoffle developed years ago a methodology by which tribes with various backgrounds can work together to write text for large-scale environmental impact statements. In recognition of these accomplishments Stoffle and Richard Arnold were asked by... Read more

Gulf of Mexico Disaster: Assessing the Impact

In response to the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and resultant release of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BARA researchers Diane Austin and Tom McGuire worked with personnel from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (formerly the Minerals Management Service) and faculty from the Louisiana State University to put together a plan for assessing the short- and

medium- term impacts of this disaster on coastal communities of... Read more

Addressing Important Air Quality Issues In Nogales

Diane Austin of BARA has begun a new collaboration with members of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality border team and representatives of local governments, non-governmental organizations, schools, radio stations and the general public of Ambos Nogales (Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora) to produce and distribute education and outreach materials addressing important air quality issues in this binational and bicultural region. This effort will build on recent... Read more

Waste to Resource

As they cleaned their offices this summer, anthropology faculty, staff, and graduate students contributed labor and materials to help kick off the "Waste to Resource" project in Nogales, Sonora. Thanks to everyone who helped! The project is a collaboration among BARA, the Instituto Tecnológico de Nogales, the Centro de Estudios Tecnológicos industrial y de servicios N. 128, the Centro de Capacitación para el Trabajo Industrial, Grupo Ecológico de Sonora-Arizona, and various community and... Read more

New MSc Curriculum in Ethiopia

The University of Arizona is now completing the third and final year of a university linkages capacity building grant funded by USAID ($389,975) to establish a new MSc curriculum in Disaster Risk Science and Sustainable Development (DRSSD) at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. The first cohort class of 13 candidates has just recently completed their MSc degree, and a second class of 15, including 4 female candidates, is beginning their second year of course work. Together, these students will... Read more

Education Trip Down the Colorado

Continuing a 19-year collaboration with leaders and members of four Southern Paiute tribes of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada - the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, and the Moapa Band of Paiutes - BARA faculty, staff, and students participated in the annual Southern Paiute cultural resource monitoring and education trip down the Colorado River in June. At the request of the Southern Paiute Consortium, BARA is working with leaders... Read more

Working with Tucson’s Refugee Community Leaders

BARA faculty and students are working with leaders of Tucson's refugee community, and those who provide services to that community, to assess the resources and needs of both groups, especially in light of the current social, political, and economic challenges facing Arizona. Project leaders Marcela Vásquez-León and Anthropology graduate student Ufuk Coçkun were joined this fall by Charles Norton and Alexandria Spielhagen,... Read more

Álvarez Receives GPSC Funding

José M. Álvarez was awarded $446.76 for a Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Travel Grant in the Spring 2010 to present a paper at the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in Boulder, Colorado. His research focuses on O'odham, whom missionaries and Spaniards knew as "Pima," sociopolitical organization in the Upper Pimería during the late seventeenth and mid-eighteenth centuries.

Brackette Williams’ Work as a Soros Justice Fellow Contributes to Program in Restorative Justice

This August, Associate Professor Brackette F. Williams joined Caroline Isaacs and Matthew Lowen (American Friends Service Committee, Arizona Area Program), and Nick Tara (La Frontera) in conducting a 3.5 hours training session to assist social workers in recognizing problems confronting the post-incarcerated persons among clients.  The team presented different perspectives on the causes and consequences of the prevalence of the mentally ill among the increasing numbers of... Read more