Coosa River Basin Initiative Hosts Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation Panel Discussion at Berry College

[Rome, Ga, Feb 1, 2024]  — Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) is proud to announce a thought-provoking Q&A style panel discussion on Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation, scheduled to take place on February 15th at 6 pm in McAllister Auditorium at Berry College.

The panel will feature esteemed indigenous leaders from various tribes, including the Cherokee, Muscogee, and Choctaw nations. The distinguished guests include Dr. Allen Bryant, a professor from the Eastern Band of Cherokee; Mary Crowe, an elder and activist from the Eastern Band of Cherokee; Rev. Chebon Kernell, a spiritual leader and activist from the Muscogee; and LeAnne Howe, a poet, playwright, filmmaker and educator from the Choctaw.

The event will be an opportunity for attendees to gain insight into the rich tapestry of indigenous perspectives on conservation, drawing on the diverse experiences and wisdom of the panelists. The discussion will delve into the intersection of indigenous knowledge, spirituality, and environmental stewardship.

Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman and Courtney Altice from Coosa River Basin Initiative, along with Dr. Jim Watkins from Berry College, will lead the engaging and informative conversation.

“We are thrilled to host this panel discussion as a platform to amplify indigenous voices and foster a greater understanding of their crucial role in conservation efforts,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Executive Director of Coosa River Basin Initiative.

The event also marks the launch of a groundbreaking podcast, titled “Downstream, Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation,” which will be officially introduced by CRBI later this spring. The podcast aims to further explore and share the valuable insights discussed during the panel discussion, providing a platform for ongoing dialogue.

“We believe that the Downstream podcast will serve as a powerful tool to continue the conversation sparked by this event and bring these important perspectives to a wider audience,” added Courtney Altice, Communications Manager at Coosa River Basin Initiative.

The Indigenous Perspectives on Conservation panel discussion is open to the public, and admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited.

Event Details:

  • Date: February 15th, 2024
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: McAllister Auditorium, Berry College

For more information about the event or Coosa River Basin Initiative, please contact:

Courtney Altice,

About Coosa River Basin Initiative:

Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Coosa River and its tributaries. CRBI engages in advocacy, education, and conservation efforts to ensure the sustainability of this vital watershed for future generations.


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