Kari Marie Norgaard (non-Native professor of sociology and environmental studies at University of Oregon) has engaged in environmental justice policy work with the Karuk Tribe since 2003. Kari is also the author of “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life” and other publications on gender, race, and the sociology of emotions. Learn more about the ongoing work of the Karuk Tribe in relation to wildfire and climate change.
By Kari Marie Norgaard , YES! magazine
One of the key tools the Karuk have long used to maintain this natural wealth is fire, something I’ve learned about in my time as a research collaborator and consultant working for the Karuk Tribe. Indeed, fire records obtained from studies in California clearly indicate that Native land management has shaped the evolutionary trajectory of the region for at least 12,000 years.