Climate Change in Indigenous Communities

This is a collaborative education and research program at Haskell Indian Nations University (Haskell) and the University of Kansas (KU). The Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute operates in the summers 2009-2014 and integrates Haskell and tribal college undergraduate Environmental Studies and American Indian Studies programs with KU faculty research and graduate student training in climate change. This program is a response to the environmental challenges facing many Indigenous communities and extends the work of the American Indian/Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group (AI/ANCCWG) established at Haskell Indian Nations University in 2006 to establish a communication and collaboration network of climate studies researchers in tribal colleges and federal and state agencies to identify a research agenda for assessing climate-related changes in Indigenous communities and train Native students in science and technology studies. The HERS Institute brings together KU and Haskell scientific facilities, students, and faculty in a summer training program that combines classroom instruction on the Haskell campus and field research projects in Indigenous communities around the US. The HERS Institute operates in collaboration with KU’s NSF IGERT program: C-CHANGE (Climate Change, Humans, and Nature in the Global Environment) so that IGERT trainees participate with and serve as mentors to Haskell Interns in classes and field research projects as well as with the Kansas NSF EPSCoR Climate Change and Indigenous Communities program.

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