Native Environmental Sovereignty Project

Fellows with the Native Environmental Sovereignty Project explore the intersection of tribal sovereignty with the protection of tribal natural resources.

Current Project

Tribal Tools & Legal Levers for Halting Fossil Fuel Transport & Exports Through the Pacific Northwest

The Native Environmental Sovereignty Project under the guidance of Professor Mary Wood published "Tribal Tools and Legal Levers for Halting Fossil Fuel Transport & Exports Through the Pacific Northwest" in the American Indian Law Journal. This article highlights strategic legal avenues available to tribes in both on- and off-reservation contexts.

Tribal Guide to the Legal Landscapes of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Projects


NESP Fellows

Whitman Koch - 3L- Bowerman Fellow

Whit grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and arrived in Oregon by way of Washington, DC. He cultivated his passion for indigenous rights while spending a year living in New Zealand and working on Māori rights and title advocacy. Whitman received his B.A. in International Studies from the American University and enjoys exploring the wilderness of his new home, Oregon.

Sean Foster- 2L- Bowerman Fellow

Sean was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where he grew up exploring the unique bioregion of the Pacific Northwest. After receiving his degree from the University of Washington, Sean spent some years abroad, living and teaching in a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in the Himalayas. He returned stateside to serve as an AmeriCorps member on the Indian Law Practice Group at Montana Legal Services. During his time there, Sean was admitted to the Fort Belknap Tribal Bar, assisted clients in tribal court, and led the Indian Wills Project, where he drafted wills for tribal members to ensure client's land stayed with tribal families. Prior to law school, Sean worked at an Indian civil rights firm in Seattle. After law school, Sean seeks to continue to advocate for underserved communities.

 Ambriel Sandone- 3L- Bowerman Fellow 

Ambriel grew up hiking, camping, and fishing in Southcentral Alaska. From the moment she left home, she was inspired to return to Alaska to help build stronger communities and protect Alaska’s wild spaces. After receiving a B.A. in Economics from Colorado State University, the big trees and loving people drew Ambriel to the University of Oregon.

Summary Sheet

Archive of the events and scholarship of the NESP.