Climate Change in Indigenous Communities
Climate and environmental change are altering the landscapes and lifeways of many Native communities. The Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Summer Internship program is dedicated to preparing tribal college students for scientific and technical careers to help meet the challenges of climate and environmental change.Summer Applications for 2018 are now closed
Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. He is an accomplished scholar and the founder of Haskell Environmental Research Studies internship program with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University. Through his efforts the internship program has helped undergraduates succeed in higher education endeavors. He authored the inspiring book Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge (2009). Wildcat helped design a four-part video series entitled All Things Are Connected: The Circle of Life (1997) and formed the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group, a tribal-college-centered network of individuals and organizations working on climate change issues. In 2008, he helped organize the Planning for Seven Generations climate change conference sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Dr. Jay T. Johnson is a professor of geography and Indigenous studies at the University of Kansas. His research interests are at the intersection of Indigenous and Western approaches to resource and environmental management with a particular focus on sustaining resilient landscapes in the face of environmental change.
Phillip Cody Marshall (Pima-Maricopa-Lakota) is an instructor in the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Department at Haskell Indian Nations University in the College of Natural and Social Sciences. His research interests include Indigenous environmental protection and justice, and modern perceptions of Native Americans. He resides in Lawrence, Kansas.
Dr. Joseph Brewer II is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Kansas. His research interests lie in working with Indigenous people on community driven land tenure and natural resources initiatives that work towards self-determination.