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Joseph Brewer II

Environmental Studies Program
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9174
Snow Hall
Room 252
University of Kansas


Professor Brewer earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He most recently served as an assistant professor and acting dean in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University. His research interests include natural resources management for American Indian and Alaskan Natives, energy sovereignty for American Indian tribes and Alaskan Natives, the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP), Indian land tenure, and how local/regional Indigenous knowledge informs state/federal natural resources management offices.

Education

Ph.D., Arid Lands Resource Sciences, University of Arizona

M.A., American Indian Studies, University of Arizona

B.S., Sociology, Iowa State University

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Land Tenure
  • Sovereignty
  • Indigenous ecosystems management
  • Natural resources management
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Resilience and adaptation

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Johnson County Community College, Atrium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
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In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

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