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About Indige-FEWSS

This NSF Research Traineeship at the University of Arizona aims to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers to work with and within Indigenous communities to address food-energy-water challenges.

In partnership with Diné College, the oldest Tribal College & University in the country, the Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty program will also bring FEWS training to Native American undergraduates and technicians on the Navajo Nation. Learn more about the Diné College Land Grant Office.

The Indige-FEWSS program is supported by grant award #DGE1735713 from the National Science Foundation.

Principle Investigator, Dr. Karletta Chief 

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Cara Duncan Shop at caraduncan@arizona.edu or Dr. Chief at kchief@arizona.edu


TRAINING GOAL:

To develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and Food-Energy-Water Security (FEWS) expertise to address FEWS challenges in indigenous communities.

REAL-WORLD CHALLENGE:

Worldwide, ~370 million Indigenous peoples live in over 90 countries. Indigenous peoples are only approximately 5% of the world population, yet they represent 90% of cultural diversity and hold 20% of the land that maintains 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity. However, Indigenous peoples 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 partner for this graduate student training experience, approximately 35% of dwellings are not connected to central power or potable water.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PROBLEM‐SOLVING:

Developing technical solutions to these challenges requires an understanding of Indigenous societies, governance, and culture and the ability to work effectively and respectfully in these contexts.

This NSF National Research Traineeship program prepares the next generation of FOOD-ENERGY-WATER systems professionals to tackle these challenges in partnership with Indigenous Communities.


The Story of Indige-FEWSS


Indige-FEWSS is a program within the Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) at the University of Arizona. AIR coordinates interdisciplinary programs and groups of faculty, students, and projects across the UArizona campus to develop practical, applied solutions that further resilience in our natural and human communities.