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Environmental Law Explored

Policy and Regulation: Meaningful Co-Management: The Evolution From Consultancy to Co-Operation

Edward Randall Ornstein and Amber Morningstar Byars

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This podcast discusses an emerging strategy that can be used to protect cultural resources and reserved rights. The role that tribes are playing in cooperatively managing federal lands and resources is gaining ground and setting the stage for meaningful tribal decision-making.

Co-management, or equal decision making authority for activities that impact tribes, is gaining recognition as superior to current tribal consultation practice. This podcast discusses how policy makers can incorporate co-management practices into regulatory regimes to ensure that tribal interests are heard and protected. Our hosts will discuss if and where co-management is currently practiced, how those efforts are impacting participating tribes, and the efforts to promote co-management growth across various regions and regulations.