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.
The Story of Indige-FEWSS
Recent News Stories
Indige-FEWSS wins People's Choice Award for Video from Thursday, May 21, 2020
NSF Indige-FEWSS presents Native Voices in STEM Seminar Series from Monday, February 3, 2020
Indige-FEWSS Spring Break Immersion in Navajo Country from Monday, March 25, 2019
UA Food-Energy-Water Research Teams With AZ Navajo College from Thursday, December 21, 2017