Features

  • Just Good Business In a state where oil is king, North Dakota’s tribal colleges are putting their bets on renewable energy.
  • Gathering Fuel for the Fire Jasmine Neosh missed the occupation of Standing Rock in 2016, but it inspired her to go to college. Now graduating with a degree in public administration from the College of Menominee Nation, she’s already deep in the fight for environmental justice.
  • Shifting Seasons A phenology project at College of Menominee Nation is monitoring the impact of climate change on the region’s forests.
  • Combining Cultures To attract and support Native students in science, STEM faculty can—and should—more fully integrate western and Native worldviews, according educator and author Dr. Gregory Cajete.

Field Notes

  • New Beginnings on Ancestral Land Inspired by South Dakota State University’s Wokini Initiative and supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s New Beginnings grant program, mainstream land-grant universities are pledging to do more for Native students.
  • NSF-TCUP Releases New Program Solicitation The National Science Foundation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program announced new funding for projects that strengthen cyberinfrastructure, build partnerships, and support professional development for K-12 STEM teachers.
  • The Story of Education Dr. Costello Brown worked to advance educational opportunity for minorities during his long tenure at the National Science Foundation. In a new memoir, he writes about his family’s experiences with slavery and the importance of education in his own life.
  • Cal State Water Conference Features Tribal College Aaniiih Nakoda College’s Water Center was highlighted at the California State University’s 12th Annual Water Resources and Policy Initiatives Conference. Leaders from both institutions are looking to forge a partnership.
  • Leading the Way Out of necessity, tribes became leaders in the battle against Covid-19. A recent conference, hosted by Dine College, investigated what the nation can learn from their work.

Student Research

Native Science Report’s 2020-2021 Student Research Showcase is featuring the work of five undergraduate students from tribal and Native-serving colleges.

People

  • Gathering Fuel for the Fire Jasmine Neosh missed the occupation of Standing Rock in 2016, but it inspired her to go to college. Now graduating with a degree in public administration from the College of Menominee Nation, she’s already deep in the fight for environmental justice.
  • Strength in Numbers Data is power, argues Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College President Twyla Baker.
  • Honoring Sacred Waters Northwest Indian College student Althea Wilson found her path to science by investigating the cultural significance of the Nooksack River. Her capstone project can be viewed here.