Native Environmental Sovereignty Project

Interdisciplinary Research Projects | Fellowships | Recent Publications

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 (Abstract) 

Project started: Fall 2016

Ports and Pipelines Workshop: March 2018 

Publication forthcoming 2018


Mary Wood
Howard Arnett

NESP Fellows

Whitman Koch - 2L- 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.

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Maggie Massey - 3L- Bowerman Fellow

Maggie grew up in Bozeman, Montana and received a combined Sociology-Environmental Studies degree from Whitman College. Prior to law school, Maggie lived, worked, and played in Alaska. She was the manager of the Indigenous Observation Network for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council and assisted community scientists throughout the Yukon River basin. She also served as the Environmental Justice Program Director at Alaska Wilderness League, where she partnered with Alaska Native Tribes and Native organizations focused on protecting the arctic ocean and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from oil and gas development. She has also been an active member of both the Native American Law Student Association and NESP. Over the summer of 2018, Maggie interned at Trustees for Alaska, a public interest nonprofit law firm in Anchorage, Alaska. She wrote motions, completed research, wrote legal memoranda, and worked closely with Trustees’ attorneys. 

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 Ambriel Sandone- 2L- 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.

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Summary Sheet

For an archive of the events and scholarship of the NESP, click here.


Native American Law Students Association
Many Nations Longhouse
Public Interest/Public Service Program
UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History