U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

Joining the Native Dispute Resolution Network

How the Network Began

The U.S. Institute initiated the Native Network in response to requests from a broad range of participants, sponsors, and leaders for Native collaboration and conflict resolution professionals to provide environmental conflict resolution services for matters involving Native people or communities. In developing the Network, the U.S. Institute sought input from individuals and organizations that provide and use ECR services. The U.S. Institute worked with a coordination team of 17 people, whose collective expertise and experience encompass

  • Dispute resolution experience with emphasis on environmental, natural resources and public lands issues;
  • Experience in natural resource management and policy;
  • Experience working with tribes and native peoples;
  • Member of a Native American organization, government, or court, a Native American-focused academic program, or an employee of federal tribal projects or programs; and
  • Experience working with federal agencies.

The direct involvement of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian dispute resolvers, government, and court representatives in the Native Network has been, and continues to be, essential to the successful development and growth of the Network.

Benefits of Joining the Network

You can join at any time. There is no deadline for submission of materials.

As a Network member you will have opportunities for:

Awareness and Appreciation
Develop relationships that honor Native wisdom, build multi-cultural understanding, and explore our connection to the natural world.

Learning and Information Sharing
Skills Exchange Workshops and other gatherings will enhance your knowledge of dispute resolution processes and give you tools to make you better at what you do.

Professional Networking and Partnering
Access the members-only website and listserv, and other Native Network members you can rely on for information and helpful resources. Members also work with each other on specific projects.

Agencies, tribes and others that are looking for help with collaborative planning or environmental conflict resolution involving Native people contact the U.S. Institute for referrals to Network members.

If you are interested in joining the Native Dispute Resolution Network, please review the Criteria for Joining the Network