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. Apply here: Fellowship Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
watch the Indige-FEWSS Story
pictured below: Indige-FEWSS Fellows and UA faculty travel to the Navajo reservation Spring Break 2019 for cultural immersion. Read the extended story!