About Richard Sherman
Richard is an independent researcher, a retiree of the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority, and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Some indigenous peoples, such as the Oglala Lakota, surmise that the practice of natural resource ‘management’ creates an unequal power dynamic among plants and animals. Thus, a relationship based on ‘stewardship’, or the mutual coexistence of humans and animals, is a more preferable approach and will result in more sustainable environments, economies, and communities. Sherman developed a new model called the Indigenous Stewardship Model, which promotes this mutual coexistence and is consistent with Lakota cultural norms. Richard, and graduate student Michael Brydge, will work in tandem with tribal and non-tribal entities, Lakota elders, and Lakota youth to assure the generational momentum of the Indigenous Stewardship Model and community development, and strengthen both human and natural communities by enhancing natural resource stewardship on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.