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Profile on Karletta Chief, Lead PI for Indige-FEWSS
January 15, 2021
While much of Karletta Chief's work is very technical, she makes it a priority to bring relevant science to Indigenous communities in a relatable and culturally sensitive manner. She feels that being an Indigenous person in her field has provided her with expertise and sensitivity to cultural protocols for working, collaborating, and deepening connections in tribal communities on the Navajo Nation.
Bill Edwards, In Memoriam
January 8, 2021
It is with profound sadness that we share the news of Bill Edward’s passing on January 3, 2021. Bill was an Indige-FEWSS board member and longtime supporter. Bill inspired us with his enthusiasm and dedication, and we will hold his laughter in our hearts.
Pioneering Navajo Hydrologist Karletta Chief Honored by American Geophysical Union
December 7, 2020
Karletta Chief, Principal Investigator for Indige-FEWSS, is one of 36 American Geophysical Union honorees this year, receiving the AGU Ambassador Award and a conferred fellowship.
Diné College, the oldest Tribal College & University in the country, is the Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty program's partner to bring FEWS training to Native American undergraduates and technicians on the Navajo Nation. Learn more about the Diné College Land Grant Office.
The Indige-FEWSS program is supported by grant award #DGE1735713 from the National Science Foundation.
To develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and Food-Energy-Water Security (FEWS) expertise to address FEWS challenges in indigenous communities.
Worldwide, ~370 million indigenous people live in over 90 countries. Although, indigenous people are only approximately 5% of the world population, they represent 90% of cultural diversity and hold 20% of the land that maintains 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity. However, indigenous people often lack access to energy, water, and food infrastructure.
- 14% of U.S. Native American households lack access to electricity.
- On the Navajo Nation, our partners for this graduate student training experience, approximately 35% of dwellings are not connected to central power or potable water.
Developing technical solutions to these challenges requires an understanding of indigenous societies, governance, and culture and the ability to work effectively in these contexts.
This NSF National Research Traineeship program prepares the next generation of FOOD-ENERGY-WATER systems professionals to tackles these challenges in partnership with Indigenous Communities.
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