Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Riparian Restoration on Tribal Lands in Kansas

  • Charles J. BardenEmail author
  • Lillian Fisher
  • William M. Welton
  • Ryan Dyer


Collaborative partnerships for environmental education and implementation between Land Grant University programs, tribal colleges and the tribes themselves which manage land and waters within their borders have proven difficult to establish and maintain. Lack of trust among the parties results, in part, from lack of knowledge about tribal culture, authority and decision-making mechanisms. Cooperation between Kansas State University, Haskell Indian Nations University and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in a successful riparian restoration project which has become the basis for ongoing collaboration to improve natural resource management demonstrates that trust can be built.


Riparian Buffer Black Walnut Demonstration Site Tribal Member Indian Affair 
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Partial funding for these projects was provided by the USDA CSREES National Integrated Water Quality Program and the USDA Tribal College Research Grants Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles J. Barden
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lillian Fisher
  • William M. Welton
  • Ryan Dyer
  1. 1.Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation ResourcesKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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