Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative

Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative (KBC) is a student-led legal services project that contributes to the Karuk Tribe’s ongoing efforts to preserve its natural and cultural resources. Working with tribal representatives, supervising attorneys, and other stakeholders, KBC provides useful, concrete deliverables including memoranda, amicus briefs, white papers, and legal templates. KBC also seeks to raise awareness among Berkeley Law students of Federal Indian law and environmental and cultural property issues.

Past projects of the Natural Resources team have helped the tribe use the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act to cope with the impacts of dams and mining on sacred tribal resources, including wild and scenic rivers, national forests, and protected species such as the California native coho salmon. The Cultural Property team’s most recent projects have included analysis of federal law as it relates to cultural patrimony, as well as memos on trademark and copyright questions regarding use of the tribe’s name, cultural practices, and symbols.  Students may continue working on these projects, or participate in new natural resources and cultural property projects that will be developed later this summer.

During the Spring semester, KBC members have the opportunity to travel to the Klamath River during the annual Spring River Trip to conduct in-person meetings with tribal leaders and other personnel and present drafts of our work to our client.

Time Commitment: Approximately two to four hours per week.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at karukberkeleycollaborative@gmail.com.

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We are grateful to our supporters:

EJW Community Food Enterprise (Legal Eats)
David B. Oppenheimer