Presented by NRLF and SUWA
5:30-7:30 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Please join the Natural Resources Law Forum (NRLF) and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a screening of Wild Utah, SUWA’s new film featuring passionate Utahns giving a voice to the redrock country they love. A robust discussion will follow, presenting the viewpoints from a diverse panel (see bios below).
1 hour CLE (pending). Free and open to the public.
Laura Peterson, JD
Laura Peterson is a SUWA staff attorney working on a range of issues from cultural resource matters, to open government issues, and the ongoing national monuments litigation. She parses land management plans, analyzes proposed legislation, and connects with other organizations and tribal members to ensure the right steps are taken to defend wild Utah. She has been with SUWA since 2013 and prior to SUWA worked as a fellow at the Center for Biological Diversity in Washington, D.C.
Mark Maryboy is a Diné Protector of Land in the Fourth World serving on the SUWA Board of Directors. He is a former Navajo Nation Council Delegate, the first Navajo elected to the San Juan County Commission, and a founding member of Utah Dine Bikeyah. His talent is exceptional—he is a rodeo bronc rider, welterweight boxer, fly-angler, sheepherder and shearer, and Navajo rug weaver. Mr. Maryboy resides in Montezuma Creek, Utah.
John Ruple, JD
John Ruple is a Research Professor of Law and Stegner Center Fellow at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment where he works on public lands and water resource management. John’s current research focuses on national monument designation and management, state efforts to control federal public lands, water resource allocation, and empirical assessing impact reduction attributable to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Prior to joining the Stegner Center, John was a Fellow with the University’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy where he researched land and water issues involving energy development in Utah’s Uinta Basin.
Franci Taylor, Ph.D.
Franci Taylor is Director of the American Indian Resource Center, University of Utah. Taylor specializes in traditional Indigenous knowledge and ethnobotany and is a participating member of the Indigenous People’s working group at the United Nations. She has taught American Indian Studies and Culture for over 25 years locally, nationally, and internationally at all educational levels; she has created American Indian curriculum for public schools. At present she is a cross-cultural consultant for University Health Sciences and the Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at University of Utah. She sits on several national Indian Education boards. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Choctaw Tribe and is a traditional dancer and craft worker.
Moderator: Olivia Juarez , Latinx Community Organizer at SUWA
Olivia Juarez is a Utah-born environmental justice activist. She is the Latinx Community Organizer at SUWA since 2017 and serves on the board of Utah Coalition for La Raza. She holds an Honors BA from the University of Utah Peace and Conflict Studies program.