The Keepers of the Water IV Planning Committee are proud to announce a speaker list of almost forty academic experts, community representatives, and industry liaisons. For a full listing and biographical notes, please download our program.
Keynote Speakers
Clarence Alexander
Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council

Clarence Alexander has been honored as the recipient of the 2004 Ecotrust Award for Indigenous Leadership for his many years of work advocating for environmental justice, tribal rights and protection of the Yukon River Watershed. He is a respected leader with indigenous values, strong coalition building skills and extraordinary vision.

"Clarence Alexander has defended his traditional subsistence economy of abundance from the threats of globalization. The leadership he embodies is the demonstrable strength of Indigenous knowledge, cultural values and vision honed through thousands of years of knowing the land and its systems intimately," said Spencer B. Beebe, President of Ecotrust. "Clarence represents the best of effective tactical genius and collaborative governance while bettering community health, keeping intact native food systems, restoring the purity of water through clean up of human and military wastes, recycling, and international resistance to oil development."

Mr. Alexander is co-founder of the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council. He is chairman of the Gwichyaa Zhee Corporation and a former Grand Chief of the Gwich'n peoples. Mr. Alexander worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for twenty years, and he has recently completed working on the Gwich'n Athabascan-English dictionary. Mr. Alexander lives in Fort Yukon, Alaska on the banks of the Yukon River.

Clarence Alexander will present his keynote address at 7:30pm, Thursday, August 19.
Dr. Manuel Pino
American Indian Studies, Scottsdale Community College

Manuel Pino is a professor of sociology and Director of American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. Manuel Pino is from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. With a research orientation in environmental issues and their impact on American Indians, Manuel has worked in the area of American Indians and the environment for the past twenty-six years and is currently working with former American Indian uranium miners in New Mexico, Arizona, Washington and South Dakota on health issues related to radiation exposure.

Dr. Pino has spoken at many international conferences, including the 1992 World Uranium Hearing in Salzburg, about victims of uranium mining, depleted uranium, and associated cancer deaths. He has served as a delegate of Indigenous Peoples at the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa and the 2002 United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2008, he received the Nuclear-Free Future Award. Dr. Pino is currently part of a research team from Brazil and the U.S. working on the impact of suicide among Indigenous Peoples in both countries.

Manuel Pino will deliver his keynote address at 9am, Sunday, August 22.