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Upcoming Event
"Water, Environmental Toxicology, and the Rio Yaqui Pueblos: A New Approach to Environmental Impact
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 11, 2013  12:00:PM
Location: Drachman Hall, Room A114

Speaker:  James Hopkins, JD., LLM/ITP, Associate Clinical Professor Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law

The Rio Yaqui Valley is widely regarded as the birthplace with regard to Mexico's modern agricultural revolution and its regional politics over water and land has shaped its national political identity.

Lesser known and understood is the paramount role played by the Rio Yaqui Pueblos who have lived along the Rio Yaqui of the lower Yaqui basin since time immemorial.  Researchers across a range of disciplines and whose findings, independent of one another, make little or no reference to the environmental conditions experienced by the Yaqui people whose present day population stands at 45,000.

Yaqui infant mortality is estimated at approximately 163 infant deaths per live births and this paper I will argue that the framework for environmental research in the Rio Yaqui Valley, its implications whether direct or indirect, ought to make reference to impact on the Yaqui population who are an inextricably part of the Rio Yaqui Valley landscape.

Contact: Jackie Gomez
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