Professor Grijalva Presents at U.S. Mission to the United Nations

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On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Professor Grijalva presented in New York City as part of a panel hosted by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. The panel topic was Environmental Justice and Indigenous Peoples, presented as an official Side Event to the annual meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Other participants included representatives from the Office of the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Offices of General Counsel and Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Side Event explored best practices used by the U.S. government within its Environmental Justice Program to protect American Indian and Alaska Native lands, environment, public health, and cultural resources. Professor Grijalva spoke on the successes and challenges of EPA’s Indian program, and the role of non-governmental organizations like the Tribal Environmental Law Project of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the UND School of Law in assisting Indian tribes and indigenous grassroots organizations in protecting their environments.