Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, November 13 2013 as she talks with Kris Rhodes, Jean Forster, and John Poupart about the Tribal Tobacco Use Project Survey Report 2013: Findings from the Minnesota American Indian Communities. The report is the work of the American Indian Community Tobacco Projects: a unique collaborative research partnership led by John Poupart of the American Indian Policy Center and Jean Forster of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Claus Biegert is a journalist and filmmaker well known in Indian Country. He has a new film: "EXIT 16" on the Onondaga Nation Territory.
Jean Forster has research interests in chronic disease risk reduction strategies, particularly community-level policy intervention studies in alcohol, tobacco control, and UV exposure. She teaches Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy and Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health. She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and a M.P.H. in Community Health Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Her expertise is in Community Intervention, Community-Based Research, Disparities, Policy / Politics, Tobacco, Tobacco: Policy, Tobacco: Prevention. Her research interests include: Public health policy as a prevention strategy; Community-based strategies for chronic disease prevention Tobacco Policy Research Group.
Claus Biegert was born 1947 in Murnau, near the Bavarian Alpes; training in journalism at a Munich paper in the late sixties travels to Northern Ireland 1973 first research in the US on the Native American resistance
close working relationship with Akwesasne Notes from then on I found my field of work
in 1977 at the UN conference of indigenous nations of the Americas in Geneva, Switzerland I met Winona LaDuke who said to me: If you continue to write about us Indians you have to focus on uranium! And I did - and I am still doing it.
1979/80 research at James Bay re: the flooding of Cree hunting grounds
creation of a multi-media exhibition together with visual artist Rainer Wittenborn
"James Bay Project - A River Drowned by Water" toured the world for 10 years
1992 (influenced by my experiences with uranium mining on Indian land) I organized (together with many organizations around the world)
the World Uranium Hearing in Salzburg, Austria
The Declaration of Salzburg which was introduced by the Haudenosaunee delegation at the UN-working group on Indigenous peoples in Geneva, Switzerland became a document at the UN center of Human rights.
1998 creation of the Nuclear-Free Future Award
an annual award given out in the categories Resistance, Education and Solutions
in the planning: a world uranium tribunal ( as a part of the Idle No More movement)