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Rooted in the Mountains Schedule

Day One - Thursday September 25, 2014

10:00 a.m. Welcome

Dr. Douglas Keskula, Dean CHHS
Dr. Lisa Lefler, Director Culturally Based Native Health Programs
Dr. Allison Morrison-Shetlar, Provost

Welcome Song & Prayer: Paula Nelson (EBCI) & Myrtle Driver (EBCI)

10:30 a.m. FilmInuit Knowledge and Climate Change - followed by panel discussion Moderator – Lauren Bishop, WCU Director of Sustainability and Energy Management
Panelists: Dr. David Cozzo (RTCAR), Amy Adams (Appalachian Voices), Pat Moss (Oklahoma Cherokee), Tommy Cabe (EBCI Natural Resources), Dr. Brian Byrd, (WCU) Environmental Health Sciences

12:30 p.m. Lunch- On your own

2:00 p.m. Native Keynote Speaker: Mr. Pat Moss (Oklahoma Cherokee)
As a traditionalist, making systematic notes of the climate and natural environment are critical in keeping with the responsibilities of certain positions within the Keetoowahs and providing service to community members. This process has been executed and handed down generation after generation. Recognition of climate change was recorded and understood by Cherokee traditionalists many years ago. Mr. Moss will talk about the importance of these climate changes and how we can adapt to them.

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Native Science and the Importance of Language in Understanding Our Environment Mr. Tom Belt (Cherokee), T.J. Holland (EBCI) EBCI Cultural Resources Officer, and Cherokee Beloved Woman, Myrtle Driver (EBCI)

4:30 p.m. New Kituwah Academy Students from Cherokee
Climate Change Science Presentations

5:00 p.m. Dismiss

6:30 p.m. Mountain Music with Sheila K. Adams and Friends

Day Two - Friday September 26, 2014

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Announcements

Dr. Lisa Lefler, Director Native Health Programs

Morning Welcome Song & Prayer: Matthew Tooni (EBCI) & Tom Belt (Cherokee Nation)

Prayer Song for Veterans: Greg Leading Fox (Pawnee)

9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Amy Adams from Appalachian Voices
The third "National Climate Assessment," prepared by more than 300 scientists from multiple U.S. agencies and released in May 2014, stated: "Evidence of climate change appears in every region and impacts are visible in every state." The assessment also found that the Southeast region, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, is exceptionally vulnerable to extreme heat events, hurricanes, decreased fresh water availability, and sea level rise. Ms. Adams will respond to these reports and to the work that is taking place in Southern Appalachia to understand more about the impact to the region.

10:00 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. The Coweeta Listening Project
Dr. Brian Burke (Appalachian State Univ.), Dr. Nik Heynen (Univ. of Georgia)

11:30 a.m. Lunch- On your own

1:00 p.m. Climate Change and Coastal Erosion
Dr. Rob Young, and Dr. Andy Coburn, PSDS, WCU

2:00 p.m. How is Local Emergency Management Preparing for the Future of Climate Change? Dr. Carlie Merritt, Emergency and Disaster Management Program, WCU, Tammi Hudson, Emergency Management, WCU, and Tommy Cabe, Tribal Forest Resource Specialist, Office of Environment and Natural Resources, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks/Discussion
Facilitators: Dr. Mae Claxton, Dr. Lisa Lefler, Dr. David Cozzo

4:30 p.m. Closing Blessing
Reverend Rosemary Peek, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church


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