Event: 38th Annual Steven Manley Memorial Lecture

"Not Your Grandparents Indians: California tribal leadership in the new paradigm of natural resources management, a global perspective"


Javier I. Kinney
Executive Director of the Yurok Tribe

Thursday, February 28, 2019
3:30pm
MSI Auditorium 1302

The Environmental Studies Program invites you to its 38th Annual Steven Manley Memorial Lecture! This year's honorary speaker is Javier I. Kinney, Executive Director of the Yurok Tribe. Mr. Kinney has extensive experience advising Tribal governments with expertise in areas of strategic actions, climate change, natural resource management, mediation, negotiations, public policy, economic development, youth empowerment, land acquisition, tribal governance, philanthropic partnerships, protection of tribal cultural resources and water policy. Kinney’s visionary work and interests have provided him the opportunity to travel with indigenous delegations and other missions to Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Jamaica, Hungary, Canada, Brazil, Norway and Germany.

His commitment as a change-maker to global consciousness and visionary change motive him to create opportunities of collaboration and partnerships with indigenous communities at the domestic and global levels. As a graduate student at the Fletcher School, Kinney was selected as a delegate to the inaugural International Achievement Summit held in Budapest, Hungary. Most recently, he has presented at the Nexus Global Youth Summit held at the United Nations Headquarters, and represented the Yurok Tribe as a tribal representative to the United Nations Council of Parties 23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. This past spring, he traveled to Macapa, Brazil, Oslo, Norway and Acre, Brazil on the Yurok Tribe’s diplomatic missions regarding climate change and resiliency initiatives of the Yurok Tribe’s natural resources management. Kinney currently serves on the board of the Yurok Justice Advisory Board, advisor to the Yurok Tribe’s Community Development Financial Institution, and the Yurok Tribe’s non-profit organization, Kee-Cha E Nar.