Robert Lundberg

  • Hosted by Midwest Environmental Advocates, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Brico Fund
  • Service location Madison, Wisconsin
  • Law school University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Issue area Environmental Justice, Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Robert’s project engages Wisconsin Tribes by legally and technically assisting an inter-tribal collaboration to address state regulatory failures and protect clean water for generations to come.

Long-running failures by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to properly administer the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) have left critical waters insufficiently protected. Public health, cultural practices and tribal governmental sovereignty are all degraded by WDNR’s failure to comply with the CWA. This particularly harms tribes, who rely on waters for traditional foods and cultural practices.

Robert has been interested in and inspired by Midwest Environmental Advocates’ community-centered approach to environmental lawyering since volunteering with them before he attended law school. Further, he sees sustainable relations to water, air, and land as inextricably linked to proper recognition of Indigenous sovereignty and the complicated histories of colonization that continue to reverberate today.

Fellowship Plans

Robert’s project will combine legal tools with community engagement and information sharing. Assistance will be provided for tribes seeking to administer their own water quality standards and to level consultation practices between tribes and state and federal officials. Additionally, a citizen guide aimed at clearly communicating tribal water and consultation rights will be produced to allow for broader engagement in these issues. Finally, efforts will be made to connect this work to MEA’s larger project of forcing WDNR to remedy their long-running failures in protecting clean water.

Media

Supporting Tribal Environmental Sovereignty

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