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What’s the difference between Indigenous nations co-managing or co-stewarding their land? A lot.

  • The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and allies successfully advocated for the expansion of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument to include Molok Luyuk, protecting it from wind farm development.

  • Molok Luyuk, a biodiverse and culturally significant area, faces management challenges as tribes seek more control over its stewardship through co-stewardship agreements.

  • The Biden administration supports co-stewardship models, encouraging collaboration between federal agencies and Indigenous tribes to manage ancestral lands.

  • Co-stewardship agreements offer shared management of federal lands, while co-management provides tribes with decision-making authority, as seen with Bears Ears National Monument.

  • Greater tribal autonomy over ancestral lands has proven beneficial for conservation, and tribes like the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation aim to formalize their management roles quickly.


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