Join us for the latest N-EWN Knowledge Series: Tribal Engagement and Engineering with Nature: TNTCX, I-TEK, and EWN
Thursday at 12 p.m. EST, over Zoom
Summary: Brian A. Zettle is a Senior Biologist and Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tribal Nations Technical Center of Expertise (TNTCX) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, working closely with engineers and natural scientists across the USACE to integrate Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (I-TEK) and cultural keystone species into ecosystem restoration and climate change resiliency projects and studies. Mr. Zettle also works closely with Tribal communities to ensure their interests and worldviews are equitably represented in the USACE research portfolio. As part of the Federal government’s trust responsibility to Tribal Nations, USACE has a legal and moral obligation to ensure we are good stewards of tribal trust resources. As such, the USACE Tribal Nations Technical Center of Expertise (TNTCX) was created to support USACE work with federally recognized Tribes across the enterprise to address some of the toughest water resource, cultural, Treaty Trust resources, and environmental challenges in the Nation. Often this work occurs at the intersection of Western science, Indigenous knowledge and traditional ecological knowledge (I-TEK), and Engineering with Nature (EWN). The purpose of this presentation is to introduce new N-EWN members to the TNTCX and discuss how I-TEK and EWN can compliment and inform water resource projects.