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Scott Frazier, a Santee and enrolled Crow tribal elder from Montana, will participate in the Civil Society Summit Environmental Panel in Moscow, July 6-7 at the Eurasia Foundation’s Civil Society Summit. Coinciding with the historic meeting between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama, Mr. Frazier will be one of the representatives from the USA participating in summit meetings addressing environmental and human rights issues.

Mr. Frazier is one of more than 75 experts from the USA and Russia participating in the historical two-day summit aimed at developing recommendations for future collaboration between the two countries.

Discussion topics for the environmental portion of the Summit will include energy efficiency and Kyoto/post-Kyoto implementation, biodiversity, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, and environmental governance.

Scott Frazier is founder and CEO of the Montana-based firm, “Project Indigenous,” that provides educational programs addressing environmental issues and cultural diversity while teaching from an Indigenous perspective.

Mr. Frazier reacted to the invitation by saying, “When I first got notice that I was invited to attend the Summit, I was humbled at the thought of being included in such an important and historic gathering of leaders. I am most honored to have this opportunity to address topics that impact all Indigenous Peoples as well as the care for our environment. It is a historical event for the entire world as these two countries come together in unity to address issues that impact us all.”

Additionally, since 2001, Scott Frazier has led the efforts of “Native Waters,” a community education program supporting efforts by tribal leaders, educators and students at increasing awareness of Indigenous water resources worldwide. He also serves as the Project WET Foundation’s Tribal point-of-contact for diversity and cultural awareness issues related to water resources education.

While executive director of Native Waters, Scott has participated in several major water resources and education events, including the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City, 2nd Indigenous Conference on Education in Atlanta, Georgia and the 4th World Conference on Indigenous Education in Hamilton, New Zealand.

As Mr. Frazier prepared to leave the USA and head to the Russian Summit, he explained the importance of the meetings between the two countries saying, “We are no longer isolated individual countries; we are truly an interconnected species with many of the same struggles.”

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