Amazon Indigenous Clash with Peruvian Police over Rights to Homeland

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 14:09

Violence erupted Friday, June 5 in Peru over an indigenous struggle to deter an expansion into their territory by government-supported resource extraction companies. Reports on the 8th posted 23 police and over 30 protester deaths, with over 155 wounded. By reports written June 8th by a Canadian Indigenous rights activist working with AIDESEP, the Peruvian national organization of Amazonian Indigenous people, estimates for protesters killed reached 100. President Alan García holds a place in the center of this conflict, as his government has been aggressively pushing for increased oil and natural gas concessions in the Amazon. As his approval rating is merely 30 percent, he seems poised to cave to public opinion, and many Peruvians see the indigenous Amazonians as outsiders, staunch deterrents of resource development in indigenous land that was encouraged by a recent free-trade agreement with the U.S. The indigenous leader being blamed for the violence and said to be in charge of the protest, Alberto Pizango, arrived June 17th in Nicaragua, where he has been granted political asylum after facing charges in Peru.

Gregor MacLennan, Southern Amazon Program Coordinator for the indigenous rights organization Amazon Watch, has been on the scene since this clash began, taking photos and documenting the news as it occurs. Gregor was interviewed on KPFA 94.1's Sunday Sedition on June 7 (-9:45 minutes to end of recording) and gave his opinions on the situation. He also gave a fascinating presentation on the Achuar, an Amazonian tribe, and community mapping at UC Berkeley's May meeting of IMN. We hope to hear more updates from the field as this issue progresses, and we hope to have the pleasure of hearing Gregor speak once again.

The Los Angeles Times. “31 dead in Peru clashes.” June 7th, 2009.

The Wall Street Journal. “Peru Struggles to Defuse Amazon Violence With 50 Dead.” June 8th, 2009.

ABC News. “Up to 100 dead in Amazon clashes: activist.” June 8th, 2009.

The Associated Press. “Amazon protest leader leaves Peru for political asylum in Nicaragua.” June 18th, 2009.

 

Indigenous Mapping Network at UC Berkeley May Mtg Summary

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 10:04

The third gathering of the IMN at UC Berkeley was on May 6th and featured Greg MacLennan, who both spoke about indigenous rights and participatory mapping in the Amazon and led a community mapping exercise. Gregor currently works for Amazon Watch, a non-profit based in San Francisco that "works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin", and has many years experience working with the Achuar people who live in a vast region that spans between western Peru and eastern Ecuador. With Amazon Watch, he works with the Achuar to fight back against multinational oil companies working on national oil concessions that have degraded and polluted their land to egregious levels.

IMN May 2009 Meeting at UCB


Pictures of event on Flickr

The Achuar are one of the farthest communities from national transportation in the Amazon, living nearly 7 days travel from Lima, Peru. Aside from the areas devasted by oil drilling, the forest in which they live is mostly pristine and provides them with all the resources they need to sustain themselves. They live a relatively care-free life and had been spared negative contact with the modern world until oil prospecting begun in the late 20th century. Even when their communities began to suffer health problems and began to notice the apparently harmful effects of pollution, they remained mostly conservative and quiet, preserving the traditionally isolationist role of many indigenous peoples who fear potential conflict and favor remaining subordinate to sirring up trouble. Recently however, the Achuar have been organizing and publically facing off against oil companies, both in the courtroom and on the ground. In October of 2006 with the help of allies in their plight, a group of 700 Achuar peacefully revolted and successfully shut down all oil operations in their territories. Since then, Amazon Watch and other groups have helped the Achuar protect their land and fight against oil companies that claim sovereignty on their concessions.


   

May 09 DOE Tribal Program Funding, Training & Stimulus Package News Pt 2

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:43

Below are an additional 32 funding opportunities received the evening of 5/5/09 from Lizana Pierce, Project Manager, DOE's Tribal Energy Program, Golden Field Office, 1617 Cole Blvd, Golden, CO 80401-3393, Phone: (303) 275-4727, Fax: (303) 275-4753, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it lizana.pierce@go.doe.gov. Please check each for eligibility as many may not be specific to Tribes. Questions should be directed to those identified for that specific notice.  Information courtesy of Laurie Brown and Washington State University. Thank you, Laurie and WSU.

Please also be aware that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funded a new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) originally authorized under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Under this program, there is a 2% set-aside for Tribes and an opportunity to apply for funds under a competitive process.  See more http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/eecbg.cfm and FedConnect for a copy of the request for applications. Please note that although these grants are non-competitive, each eligible Tribe must still submit an application. Applications must be submitted no later than June 25, 2009.

Also, the Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) provides funding to tribes for assessing, evaluating, and promoting energy and mineral resources on Indian trust lands for the economic benefit of Indian mineral owners. As such, the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) office, is soliciting proposals from tribes. The Department will use a competitive evaluation process to select several proposed projects to receive an award.  Click for a copy of the Federal Register notice.

The National Congress for American Indians (NCAI) has also posted a list of opportunities for Tribes resulting from the Recovery Act.  For more, see http://www.indiancountryworks.org

The ARRA homepage has a list of Federal Agency Recovery websites. Additionally, click on Office of Management and Budget's first set of guidance on the implementation of the ARRA for more info.

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1)  Smart Grid Investments- Recovery Act The U.S. Department of Energy announces its intent to request proposals for the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program.  Through this program, DOE seeks to stimulate the rapid deployment and integration of advanced digital technology that is needed to modernize the nation's electric delivery network for enhanced operational intelligence and connectivity.  The program will support projects that promote deployment, including development of component technologies.  Individual award range anticipated to be $500K to $5 million.  The RFP will open on or about 6/17/09.  Three due dates anticipated: 7/29/09, 12/2/09, and 3/31/10.  For more info, contact Donna Williams at Smart-Grid.NOIComments@hq.doe.gov or click here  Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000058.  (Grants.gov 4/16/09)

2)  Smart Grid Demonstrations - Recovery Act The U.S. Department of Energy announces its intent to request proposals for Smart Grid Demonstrations.  Through this RFP, DOE seeks regionally unique demonstrations to verify smart grid technology viability, quantify smart grid costs and benefits, and validate new smart grid business models, at a scale that can be readily adapted and replicated around the country. Areas of interest include:  Smart Grid Demonstrations, Synchrophasors, and Energy Storage.  $615 million expected to be available, up to 36 awards anticipated.  Closing date to be announced with release of RFP. For more info, contact Keith Carrington at keith.carrington@netl.doe.gov or click here.
Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000036.  (Grants.gov 4/16/09)

3)  Advanced SynchroPhasor Research
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Advanced SynchroPhasor Research.  This initiative will support analytical studies and demonstration of technologies that would improve electricity reliability and market efficiency and that rely on data exchange among electric utility companies and other organizations from high-speed, time-synchronized measurement devices installed in electric power substations or at generation stations.  $2.250 million expected to be available, up to 3 awards anticipated.  Responses due 5/27/09.  For more info, contact Erin Kirchoff Erin.Kirchoff@netl.doe.gov or click here. Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000035.  (Grants.gov 3/27/09)

4)  Low-Cost Lightweight Portable Photovoltaics The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency requests research proposals regarding photovoltaic power sources that excel in efficiency, portability, flexibility, durability, and ease of manufacture.  Proposal abstracts due 6/8/09, final proposals due 4/21/10.  For more info, contact Cynthia Daniell at DARPA-BAA-09-45@darpa.mil or click here. Refer to Sol# DARPA-BAA-09-45.  (Grants.gov 4/22/09)

5)  Electronic and Photonic Materials
The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Electronic and Photonic Materials.  The goal of this program is to advance the field of electronics and photonics through basic, potentially transformative materials science research.  High risk, high payoff research is encouraged.  For example, novel materials are sought that enable low cost, highly efficient, and stable photovoltaics, solid state lighting, and displays.  Responses due 10/31/09.  For more info, contact LaVerne Hess at lhess@nsf.gov or click here.  Refer to Sol# PD-03-1775.  (Grants.gov 4/7/09)

6)  Solar Hazardous Waste Storage Container The U.S. Department of the Navy seeks to purchase a solar hazardous waste storage container. Quotes due 5/12/09.  For more info, contact Tonja Buchholz at tonja.buchholz@us.army.mil or click here.  Refer to Sol# W91243-09-T-0015.  (FBO 4/29/09)

7)  Advanced Water Power  
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Advanced Water Power.  This initiative will support applied science and technology development, focused on near to medium term actions that will significantly accelerate use of water-based energy technologies, thus reducing the Nation's dependence on imported and environmentally damaging energy sources.  Areas of interest include:  Research and Testing for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy; Environmental Assessment and Mitigation Methods for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy; Research and Testing for Hydropower; and Environmental Assessment and Mitigation Methods for Hydropower.  $12 million expected to be available, up to 15 awards anticipated.  Letters of Intent are required and are due 5/6/09, final proposals due 6/4/09.  For more info, contact Sara Wilson at sara.wilson@go.doe.gov or click here. Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000069.  (Grants.gov 4/9/09)

8)  Tidal Power - Maine
The U.S. Coast Guard seeks a demonstration of in-stream tidal current to supplement electrical power at the pier of Coast Guard Station Eastport, ME.  The demonstration shall be no less than 60 days and no more than 12 months.  Responses due 5/29/09.  For more info, contact John Natale at John.A.Natale@uscg.mil or click here.  Refer to Sol# HSCG32-09-R-R00018.  (FBO 4/30/09)

9)  Water Efficiency - California Bay-Delta The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, requests proposals for the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant Program.  This program supports implementation, demonstration, or pilot water use efficiency or conservation projects that have benefits to the California Bay-Delta.  $5 million expected to be available, up to 25 awards anticipated.  Responses due 6/8/09.  For more info, contact Maria Castaneda at mcastaneda@mp.usbr.gov or click here.  Refer to Sol# 09SF200042.  (Grants.gov 4/24/09)

10)  Conservation Innovation Program - FL, CA, Caribbean The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Conservation Innovation Program in FL, CA, and the Caribbean.  CIG seeks to stimulate innovative conservation approaches and technologies, in conjunction with agricultural production.  Areas of interest vary by state priorities but may include areas such as transitioning to organic production, farm energy conservation, and carbon sequestration in soil. FL:  $150K expected to be available, up to 5 awards anticipated. Responses due 5/27/09.  For more info, contact Lynn Merrill at lynn.merrill@fl.usda.gov or click here.  Refer to Sol# USDA-NRCS-FL-09-01.  (Grants.gov 4/23/09)

CA:  $375K expected to be available, up to 8 awards anticipated. Responses due 5/22/09.  For more info, contact Alan Forkey at Alan.Forkey@ca.usda.gov or go to: http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/.  Refer to Sol# USDA-NRCS-CA-09-02.  (Grants.gov 4/15/09)

Caribbean:  $216K expected to be available, up to 5 awards anticipated. Responses due 5/27/09.  For more info, contact Lynn Merrill at lynn.merrill@fl.usda.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# USDA-NRCS-PR-09-01.  (Grants.gov 4/10/09)

11)  Source Reduction
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the exception of Region 8, requests proposals for the Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program. SRA supports pollution prevention/source reduction and resource conservation projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:  Projects that use source reduction to reduce pounds of hazardous wastes/substances; water conservation, energy conservation; and reduction of greenhouse gases. $1.170 million expected to be available, up to 30 awards anticipated. Responses due 5/26/09.  For more info, including Regional contacts and priorities, go here.  Refer to Sol# EPA-HQ-OPPT-09-08.  (Grants.gov 4/27/09)

12)  Community Health & Brownfields
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention request proposals for Community Health Projects Related to Brownfield/Land Reuse.  The purpose of the program is to identify and address public health and issues with Brownfield/land reuse sites, with a particular emphasis on identifying health issues prior to redevelopment and/or assessing changes in community health associated with reuse plans and redevelopment.  $150K expected to be available, up to 2 awards anticipated. Responses due 6/8/09.  For more info, contact Tina Forrester at TForrester@cdc.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# CDC-RFA-TS09-904.  (Grants.gov 4/9/09)

13)  Coordination of Pollution Prevention Network The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals or the Coordination of Regional Pollution Prevention Information Network Centers.  This RFP will support the coordination of a national network of eight centers which are collectively known as the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange.  The Regional centers collaborate with State and local technical assistance providers to share pollution prevention information and training nationwide.  $240K expected to be available 1 award anticipated.  A Notice of Intent to Apply is requested, but not required, and is due 5/29/09.  Final proposals due 6/12/09.  For more info, contact Beth Anderson at anderson.beth@epa.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol #EPA-HQ-OPPT-09-05.  (Grants.gov 4/29/09)

14)  State Energy Program
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for the State Energy Program (SEP).  This program provides formula grants to State and Territorial energy offices to design and carry out renewable energy and energy efficiency priorities.  $25 million expected to be available, up to 56 awards anticipated.  Due dates based on state/territorial program years.  For more info, contact Lisa Kuzniar at lkuzni@netl.doe.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000073.  (Grants.gov 4/14/09)

15)  Rural Housing and Economic Development   
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requests proposals for the Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) Program.  RHED supports capacity building and innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas.  $26 million expected to be available, over 100 awards anticipated.  Responses due 5/29/09.  For more info, contact Thann Young  at Thann_Young@hud.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# FR-5300-N-04.  (Grants.gov 4/29/09)

16)  1890 Land-Grant Institution
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the 1890 Institution Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach and Development Initiative. This initiative supports 1890 Land-Grant Institution projects to provide technical assistance for business creation in economically challenged rural communities, for educational programs to develop and improve upon the professional skills of rural entrepreneurs, and for outreach and promotion of USDA programs in small rural communities with the greatest economic need.  $1.5 million expected to be available, up to 13 awards anticipated.  Responses due 5/12/09.  For more info, including a list of 1890 Institutions, go here. Refer to Sol# RDBCP-08-04-1890  (Grants.gov 4/16/09)

17)  Biomaterials
The National Science Foundation requests proposals for the Biomaterials Program.  This program supports research at the intersection of the physical, chemical, and biological sciences.  Emphasis is on novel design of biomaterials, including bioderived, bioinspired, biomimetic and biocompatible materials, discovery of new phenomena, and the combination of experiment with theory and/or simulation.  General areas of interest include, but are not limited to:  Hybrids and composites, multi-functional biomaterials such as photonic and electronic biomaterials, biomaterials for energy harvesting, conversion and storage, and biomaterials for sensors and actuators.  Responses due 10/31/09.  For more info, contact David Brant at dbrant@nsf.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# PD-06-7623.  (Grants.gov 4/7/09)

18)  Contribution of Cost Share for Transportation Related Recovery Act RFPs - California The California Energy Commission requests proposals for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Cost Share: Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.  Through this RFP, the CEC will contribute cost share to applicants who are submitting proposals to the Federal government in response to a transportation-related Recovery Act funding opportunity announcements. All projects must be based in California.  Eligible Recovery Act solicitations include, but are not limited to:  Transportation Electrification (Round 1), DOE, DE-FOA-0000028; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research - Electric Drive Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative, DOE, DE-FOA-0000026; Clean Cities (Rounds 1 and 2), DOE, DE-PS26-09NT01236-04; and Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction, DOT, FTA-09005-TIGGER-TRI.  $176 million expected to be available, due dates vary by solicitation.  For more info, contact Sarah Williams at skawilli@energy.state.ca.us or go here. Refer to PON-08-010.

19)  Software to Analyze Integration of Renewables, Diesel Generation and Energy Storage The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering Service Center seeks a software based model that can be used to analyze the integration of photovoltaic systems, wind energy systems, conventional diesel generation, and energy storage.  Award NTE $400K. Abstracts due 5/15/09.  For more info, contact Gene Crank at eugene.crank@navy.mil or go here.  Refer to Sol# N6258309R0089.  (FBO 4/18/09)

20)  Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Training Programs - Appalachia The Appalachian Regional Commission requests proposals for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Training and Certification Programs.  Funded projects must focus on training and certification programs, supporting the development of trained employees for jobs in the renewable and energy efficiency fields, as well as providing certified installers to the marketplace.  Implementation of energy efficiency education curricula, such as USGBC LEED programs, ASHRAE programming, IECC, or other energy efficiency coursework will also be supported.  Projects must take place in the ARC Region which includes all of WV and parts of AL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, and VA.  $250K expected to be available, up to 10 awards anticipated. Reponses due 5/29/09.  For more info, go here.

21)  Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for K-12 Schools - Appalachia The Appalachian Regional Commission requests proposals for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for K-12 Schools.  This program will underwrite costs of installing renewable energy and energy efficiency equipment in K-12 schools in Appalachia, and provide support for the implementation of associated science, environment, and business curricula in the classroom.  Eligible renewable energy equipment includes: Wind, solar, fuel cells, biofuels, and geothermal systems. Projects must take place in the ARC Region which includes all of WV and parts of AL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, and VA.  $250K expected to be available, up to 10 awards anticipated.  Responses due 5/29/09.  For more info, go here.

22)  Healthy Indoor Environments - Region 6 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, requests proposals for Healthy Indoor Environments.  This initiative will support project that reduce the public's exposure to common indoor environmental hazards and address one of the following:  IAQ management in schools; education of asthmatics and/or caregivers re: environmental triggers; or training individuals or organizations on environmental management of asthma so they can counsel people with asthma.  Projects must take place in AR, LA, NM, OK, or TX. $150K expected to be available, up to 5 awards anticipated.  Responses due 6/16/09.  For more info, contact Stacy Murphy at murphy.stacy@epa.gov or go to: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6pd/iaq/rfp2009.pdf.  Refer to Sol# EPA-R6-IAQ-2009-01.  (Grants.gov 4/23/09)

23)  Renewables Purchase - Southwest
The U.S. Department of the Navy announces its intent to request proposals for the purchase of competitively priced renewable electrical power through power purchase agreements at Naval and Marine Corps installations in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest AOR. The Navy seeks systems that are constructed, owned, operated, maintained and repaired by the successful offeror(s) on Government property located within the installation boundaries.  Up to 5 awards anticipated.  The RFP will be issued "within the next month."  For more info, contact Russell Dominy at Russell.dominy@navy.mil or go here.  Refer to Sol# N6258309R0085.  (FBO 4/17/09)

24)  Purchase of Renewable Credits
The Defense Logistics Agency seeks a total of 324,028,384 kWh of Renewable Energy Certificates for ultimate transfer to various Federal civilian customers.  Responses due 5/5/09.  For more info, contact Cynthia Ralph at Cynthia.Ralph@dla.mil or go here.  Refer to Sol# SP0600-09-R-0407-0001.  (FBO 4/23/09)

25)  PV Array - Arkansas
The U.S. Department of the Interior, Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, seeks replacement of an HVAC system and installation of a PV array to supply a portion of the operating power.  Responses due 5/21/09.  For more info, contact Linda Fritz at kay_fritz@nps.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# I730709U123.  (FBO 5/1/09)

26)  Transformational Energy R&D - Recovery Act The U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency (a new DOE Agency created specifically to foster R&D of transformational energy related technologies) requests proposals for Advanced Research Projects. Transformational technologies are defined as those that disrupt the status quo; not merely better than current technologies, but significantly better.  This RFP supports the Nation's need to overcome the threats posed by climate change and energy security.  Concept papers are required, and are due 6/2/09.  Final proposals accepted by invitation only.  For more info, contact Bradley Poston at bradley.poston@hq.doe.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000065.  (Grants.gov 4/27/09) (FBO 4/29/09)

27)  National Lab Partnerships for Energy Research The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR); Building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships.  This RPF will support collaborative partnerships between National Laboratories and academic or industrial researchers to conduct nationally competitive, energy-related research.  $1.7 million expected to be available, maximum awards generally $600K.  Pre-applications are required and are due 6/5/09, final proposals due 11/9/09.  For more info, contact Marilyn Oyler at marilyn.oyler@science.doe.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# DE-PS02-09ER09-11.  (Grants.gov 4/23/09)

28)  Energy Innovations Small Grant Program The California Energy Commission requests proposals for the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program - Electricity Program.  EISG funds the early development of innovative energy RD&D projects.  Projects must target one of the following:  Industrial/Agriculture/Water End-Use Efficiency; Building End-Use Efficiency; Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation; Renewable Generation; Energy-Related Environmental Research; and Energy Systems Integration.  Proposed projects must be clearly relevant to California's electric market.  Individual hardware awards NTE $95K, individual modeling awards NTE $50K.  Responses due 6/11/09.  For more info, go here.  Refer to Sol# 09-01.

29)  Supplemental DOE Phase II SBIR/STTR - Recovery Act The U.S. Department of Energy requests Supplemental Applications for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grants, for currently active grantees that were awarded Phase II in response to the 2007 Phase II Funding Opportunity Notice. Individual awards NTE $250K.  Responses due 5/8/09.  For more info, contact sbir-sttr@science.doe.gov or go here.  Refer to Sol# DE-PS02-09ER09-20.  (Grants.gov 4/15/09)

30)  Energy Projects Pre-K to 12 - Texas First Choice Power requests applications for Classroom Energy Innovation Grant applications for Texas teachers.  This program supports pre-K to 12 teachers working to incorporate projects on energy and energy efficiency in their classrooms.  Individual grants NTE $2K.  Responses due 9/15/09.  For more info, go to:  http://www.firstchoicepower.com/innovation. (Foundation Center RFP Bulletin 5/1/09)

31)  Improving Watersheds - California
California American Water requests proposals for the Environmental Grant Program.  This program supports community based environmental projects, within the CA American Water's service area, working to improve, restore, or protect watersheds and drinking water supplies within the state.  $10K expected to be available.  Responses due 5/18/09.  For more info, go here.  (Foundation Center RFP Bulletin 5/1/09)

32)  Water Quality Research
The Water Environment Research Foundation requests proposals for the Paul L. Busch Award.  This program supports researchers working in wastewater, water reuse, bio-solids, storm water, watersheds, and other areas, to use their imagination, take risks, and explore new directions for addressing ongoing water quality issues.  $100K available, 1 award anticipated.  Responses due 6/1/09.  For more info, go here.  (Foundation Center RFP Bulletin 4/10/09)

   

Indigenous Mapmakers Invited to Annual NACIS Meeting

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2009 22:38

Bo Zhoo Indigenous Mapping Network,

I invite you to participate in the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), to be held in Sacramento, California October 7-10, 2009.  NACIS brings together all types of people working in and with cartography, including but not limited to map librarians, professional cartographers, map distributors, cartographers working for non-profit organizations, government agency cartographers, academic cartographers, and artists. Presentations are wide-ranging and creative, including everything from Adobe Illustrator tips to map history, from how to succeed as a sole proprietor to designing Flash interfaces for animated maps.

We welcome participation from Indigenous mapmakers working in GIS or cartography. Please consider attending NACIS to present your mapping projects, either in a session or visually in the map gallery. This is a small conference of about 200 people, and we like to accommodate a range of presentation styles. Some people present a formal paper, some present their work as a poster or the map itself, even an unfinished work in progress, to be on display throughout the conference in the map gallery. (Download Call for Proposals PDF)

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend, meet other students working in cartography, present, or enter either the Student Web Map Competition or Student Poster Competition! We also have grants available to both students and professional cartographers for assistance traveling to the conference; more information about funding is available at our website.

You can visit the NACIS website for more information and the latest updates about the conference.

Please feel free to email me directly with questions about the conference, or ideas about how you might participate!

Iw migwech,

Margaret Pearce, Citizen Potawatomi
NACIS Program Chair 2009

(NOTE: AAG Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group brochure addresses the significance of geography and mapping for Native people)
   

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