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Tuesday, January 26 • 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Forging A Multi-Cultural Legacy In Michigan

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AUTHORS: Marty Holtgren, Michigan DNR; Nancy Auer, Michigan Technological University

ABSTRACT: The relationship between state and tribal agencies in Michigan is one fisheries management legacy that has often resulted in conflict. However, a desire exists to turn the tide of history where the agencies strive for greater understanding and develop shared perspectives. If this can be accomplished, and different perspectives and worldviews are used in management of fisheries, the biological and social outcomes could be much more beneficial. In 2007 five Tribal governments and the State of Michigan negotiated an Inland Consent Decree that reaffirmed certain rights of the Tribes and opened opportunities for collaboration of Tribal and State agencies and more unified management that better met needs of all parties. The research presented here was conducted using 24 semi-structured interviews in 2009-10 with State and Tribal biologists and administrators and will describe how these employees described their perspective on collaboration, current impediments, and the attributes of an ideal relationship. Finally, in a collaborative framework, derived from the research participants and global adaptive co-management literature, methods are suggested to assist in building a future legacy of collaboration.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 2:40pm - 3:00pm EST