International Institute for
Indigenous Resource Management


The lands, resources, and rights of indigenous peoples are affected by a complex web of science, research and development, resource management, educational, social, and other policies of national and international governmental agencies, NGOs, and private corporations. In some instances these policies directly implicate indigenous peoples's lands, resources, and rights. However, in the main, the impact on indigenous peoples of these policies is unintended and collateral. The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management believes that indigenous peoples and their representatives should participate in the development of these policies. The Institute's Roundtables serve two purposes. Through briefing papers we first demonstrate how the lands, resources, and rights of indigenous peoples are affected. Secondly, through a series of facilitated dialogues with representatives from academia, government agencies, Indian tribes, indigenous peoples's organizations, NGOs and the private sector we examine and propose research and action agendas to support policies that protect and advance indigenous peoples's interests in areas as diverse as long-term stewardship of highly contaminated sites, genetic research, and energy development.

March 14-16, 2000 Risk-Based Decision-Making Federal Facilities Cleanup, Lakewood, Colorado
September 6-7, 2000 ASTM Standards and Measures for Quality of Life Assessments, Denver, Colorado
November 1-2, 2000 Application of Remote Sensing and GIS to Federal Facility Environmental Restoration, Denver, Colorado
November 28-29, 2000 Federal Indian Trust Obligation, Treaties, Agency Policy and Indian Law and Federal Facilities In Indian Country, Denver, Colorado
March 14-15, 2001 Tribal Issues and Opportunities in Long-Term Stewardship of Contaminated Federal Facilities, Denver, Colorado
June 4-5, 2001

Genetic Materials: Resources, Rights, or Sacred Objects—Alternatives to the Intellectual Property Regime for Protecting Indigenous Genetic Materials, Denver, Colorado

October 9-10, 2001 Protection of Sacred Landscapes: Establishing the Tribal Historical, Scientific, Cultural, and Ecological Foundations, Denver, Colorado
February 26-27, 2002 Roundtable on Indigenous Peoples' Genetic Research Priorities, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17-19, 2002

Indigenous Peoples and Multilateral Trade Regimes: Navigating New Opportunities for Advocacy, New York University School of Law, New York, New York

August 28-30, 2002 The Role of American Indian and Other Indigenous Spiritual Leaders and Healers in Protecting and Preserving Biodiversity and Sacred Landscapes, Lakewood, Colorado
November 22-23, 2004

Taking Control: Opportunities for and Impediments to the Use of Socio-Cultural Controls for Long-Term Stewardship of U.S. Department of Energy Legacy Waste Sites, Denver, Colorado

October 10, 2005

Imagery and Identity: Imagining the Futures of Indigenous Peoples, Denver, Colorado

October 2, 2006 Extractive Industries, Corporate Social Responsibility and Indigenous Peoples, Denver, Colorado
March 18-20, 2008 Third Annual Tribal Energy Policy Roundtable. Tribal Energy Policy: Climate and Energy Challenges
November 24-25, 2008 Roundtable on Climate, Tribal Energy Development and Habitat Protection