• Native Science: Understanding and Respecting Other Ways of Thinking

      Black Elk, Linda (Society for Range Management, 2016-12-01)
      On the Ground • Over generations, Native Americans have developed a timely and reliable knowledge of the land, its processes, and its management needs. This knowledge has been referred to as Native science. • Native science employs many concepts such as observation, background research, and experimentation familiar to non-Native researchers and recognizes the interconnectedness of science. Good rangeland management also requires recognition of interrelatedness. • If we are open to it, Native science can give us new ways of looking at the landscape and all that it has to offer in terms of chemical, physical, and ecological processes and communities.
    • The Role of a 1994 Land Grant College

      Halvorson, Gary A. (Society for Range Management, 2016-12-01)
      On the Ground • Tribal colleges provide educational opportunities to many Native American people, who otherwise would not be able to attend college. • A strong collaboration with a tribal college takes into account the needs and input of the Native Community and does so in a culture-centered way. Discussions with a collaborating tribal college should begin early in the grant writing process. • Tribal colleges can make significant contributions to the research effort. These contributions include their own research capabilities, a great cultural experience for everyone involved, and students who will continue their education as a result of their experience with the grant.
    • Use of Ecological Sites in Managing Wildlife and Livestock: An Example with Prairie Dogs

      Hendrickson, John R.; Johnson, Patricia S.; Liebig, Mark A.; Sedivec, Kevin K.; Halvorson, Gary A. (Society for Range Management, 2016-12-01)
      On the Ground • The perception of prairie dogs among Native Americans living on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is mixed. Some Native Americans focus on the loss of forage productivity, whereas others are interested in the cultural and ecological aspects of prairie dogs. • The use of ecological sites may provide a mechanism for developing a management framework that would consider both livestock and prairie dogs. • The three ecological sites we surveyed had large differences in off-colony standing crop, but in 2 of the 3 years we surveyed, there were no differences between standing crop on-colony. • This suggests that management of prairie dogs on rangelands should focus on limiting prairie dogs on more productive ecological sites with less productive sites receiving less emphasis.