ADVISORY: UN Water Conference Side Event On Decolonizing Our Waterways

Featuring Indigenous Voices from the Southeastern United States

VIRTUAL -- This afternoon, as a part of the 2023 United Nations Water Conference, the Sierra Club will be hosting a conversation about decolonizing our waterways featuring Indigenous voices from the Southeastern US. Water is sacred to many tribal communities, tribes, and nations. To be climate resilient, we must fundamentally transform how we value water. Tribes, states, and localities have long contested legal rights to water resources. There are challenges unique to Indigenous communities in the Southeastern United States, yet their voices are rarely heard.

What: Sierra Club Water Director Beth Roach will join other Indigenous women who lead water advocacy within their communities to discuss their work and share ways to support them and their communities in taking on water contamination, management, and climate-related changes to their local water systems.

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm EDT

Where: Zoom webinar. RSVP at Reporters will be able to ask questions using the Q&A feature.


  • Beth Roach - Nottoway Tribe of Virginia, Vice Chair Tribal Council; Alliance of Native Seedkeepers, Co-founder;  Water Director, Sierra Club
  • Bette Billiot - United Houma Nation; Southeast Organizing Representative, Sierra Club
  • Dr. Crystal Cavalier Keck - Occaneechi Saponi; Co-founder, 7 Directions of Service
  • Cheryl Cail - Waccamaw Indian People, Vice Chief; Chairperson of South Carolina Idle No More; Associate Director, South Carolina Lowcountry-North Coast; American Rivers
flyer for UN water event on dark purple background with round headshots of each of the four speakers in alphabetical order as well as the UN and Sierra Club logos at the bottom

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