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Valerie Goodness

Application of TEK for sustainable housing for Native American Community Services in Buffalo NY

About Me

I am an ERIE IGERT PhD Fellow. I have a masters of science degree in Natural Resource Sustainability and I am in the American Studies PhD program at the University at Buffalo. My focus is in (TEK) or Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
This April I will be presenting at the 2013 9th annual Indigenous and American Studies Storytellers of the America’s conference about TEK and its applications in watershed management and restoration. http://gsa.buffalo.edu/AMSGSA/Index.html

I am the co-founder of TEK Initiative http://tekinitiative.org
which promotes and supports TEK education and global Indigenous peoples intellectual property and natural resource rights.

I am also the co-founder of TEK in Collaboration with Western Science in Natural Resource Sustainability annual conferences in the Pacific Northwest and looking forward to expanding these conferences to the East coast and beyond.
This year the TEK conferences will be presenting at Oregon State University in May. Our conferences are free and broadcasted live over the internet for those who cannot join us in Oregon. 51 separate IP addresses from tribes and countries tuned in for our last conference. Look for our flyer soon for 2013.
Here is an example of the 2011 conference with over 18 speakers and 500 attendees http://tekinitiative.org/Bios_FG5N_826W.html