Listen to Darren Ranco’s presentation to Pew Charitable Trust’s Transforming Evidence Network

On January 23, Darren Ranco, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, professor of Anthropology, chair of Native American Programs, and faculty fellow at the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine, gave a presentation for Pew Charitable Trust’s Transforming Evidence Network (TEN) monthly learning session. Darren’s scholarship focuses on how Indigenous knowledge systems and diplomacies are used to protect natural and cultural resources. During his talk, he shared about ways to build trusting relationships with Indigenous communities, integrate Indigenous research methods in the co-production of research evidence, and partner with Indigenous communities to interpret and effectively communicate about findings.

A recording of the session is available here. Below is a list of resources shared by Darren and other participants related to Indigenous knowledge and research, policy, and decision-making.


  • The Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science, a new center supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, which studies how to effectively and ethically integrate Western and Indigenous science research, education, and practice to address the interconnected challenges of climate change, preserving and protecting places with Indigenous cultural significance, and food security.