I'm a Diné Ph.D. student at the University of Washington in Seattle. I conduct Environmental Health research and I have a strong interest in Environmental Justice. During the summer of 2009, I directed the Native Environmental Justice Summer Research Program (NEJSRP) in Seattle, WA. I will continue running this program intermittently overtime. Please visit the NEJSRP schedule and objectives for 2009.
One of my goals as a Ph.D. student is to understand the ways in
which Diné conducted science before the colonization of
Europeans. With this information, I intend to begin incorporating this
methodology into my lab research, when applicable. This is
information is significant to me as an Indigenous person because it
allows me to make culturally viable correlations between western
science and traditional science methodologies. It also
gives me a stronger appreciation for both approaches and has the
potential of benefiting other Diné and indigenous peoples.
Also within this research, I'm interested in exploring how my
community views, uses, and honors water in our daily lives and for
My overall professional goals are to enter academia after I earn my Ph.D., and in the long term, I will think about ways to contribute to improving science education amoung indigenous communities. There are already many people working to improve indigenous education including many native students here at the UW. This type of work is so intensely needed and I wish everyone huge progress in this area!
My nephew Luca and I
PhD Written Exam Readings
Fellowships and Grants
Bullitt Environmental Fellowship
Tribal College Journal
Indigenous Environmental Network
Updated December 2009