FEWSS in the News

IndigeFEWSS and Dine' College greenhouse design promotes food sovereignty

IndigeFEWSS trainees and Dine' College Land Grant Office personnel in the hoop house

Diné College is testing a new solar powered greenhouse that grows food hydroponically. Higher yields and year-round harvests are the goal.

By Melanie Lenart of Native Science Report 

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Indigenous Resilience Center: An Interview with Karletta Chief

Dr. Karletta Chief, Director of the newly established Indigenous Resilience Center speaks with President Robert Robbins about the Center's mission to support Native faculty, students, and research, and to strengthen relationships with Native Nations. 

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Indigenous Resilience Center Supports Navajo Water Security

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) Nov 4, 2021 - Native American nations are feeling the serious impacts of climate change and the pandemic. The University of Arizona is helping tribes overcome challenges such as water insecurity.

“They walk three miles to a well that’s primarily used for livestock. Then use a gas-powered pump to pump up the ground water, fill up their containers and go back,” said Dr. Karletta Chief, Associate Professor of Environmental Science.  Dr. Chief is leading efforts through the UA’s Indigenous Resilience Center to improve issues that COVID has amplified.

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The UA, a home for Indigenous students everywhere

Group of IndigeFEWSS Trainees with PI Karletta Chief, NNI Director Joan Timeche, and delegation from the Philippines

"The university moves with intention in regards to Native American students’ needs, making it a leading institution for this group." IndigeFEWSS faculty and programming is featured in this Daily Wildcat article on UArizona's direct efforts to recruit, retain and involve Native American students. 

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UA Launches Indigenous Resilience Center

The Indigenous Resilience Center will work directly with Native nations to address environmental challenges in ways that respect Native and Indigenous sovereignty and knowledge. Dr. Karletta Chief was instrumental in advancing this initiative. 

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NSF Native FEWS Alliance

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $10 million grant to a higher education program aimed at broadening Indigenous career pathways in food, energy and water systems.

The awarded network, called the Native FEWS Alliance, focuses on expanding the career field in food, energy and water systems (FEWS) within Native American communities. It also provides educational resources for Indigenous students to build these systems within their own communities. 

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UA partners with UNM on $15M NSF project to build resilience in the West

Dr. Karletta Chief and IndigeFEWSS faculty have partnered with University of New Mexico on an NSF Transformation Network award. 

 The award is part of $30 million in funding that the NSF announced this week to create two new research networks to understand and design innovative and equitable solutions that build community resilience.


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Karanikola Named Runner-Up for U.S. ASPIRE Prize

Karanikola Drinking water for solar nanofiltration system in the Navajo Nation

The chemical and environmental engineering professor was a top candidate in a national competition focused on researchers gathering "diverse knowledge for a sustainable future."

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On Navajo Nation, Taking Clean Water Off the Grid

mobile water unit in Navajo Nation

A group of faculty, staff and students sets out to build an off-the-grid system to power water filtration for communities across the Navajo Nation, where running water is not universal. But first, they set out to understand life on the reservation.

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UArizona, Diné College to Train Next Generation of Navajo Water Scientists

A $500,000 grant from the USDA will help UArizona and Diné College prepare Navajo Nation college students for careers in STEM.

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Navajo Hydrologist Aims to Safeguard the Resources of Her People

Indige Fewss Tulley headshot

Trainee and Doctorate student Nikki Tulley dedicates her life to restoring balance and tackling water insecurities among Indigenous communities by studying to be one of only a few female Navajo hydrologists in the world.


Tech Launch Arizona Award Recipient

Indige Fewss Abolhassan Mohammadi Fathabad Headshot .jpeg

Abolhassan Mohammadi Fathabad is a PhD candidate in systems and industrial engineering. He was awarded funding from Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) to develop inventions with the goal of bringing them to the public as impactful products to benefit society. 


Roundtable Talk About Environmental Racism 101

Abney headshot

Sarah Abney and Nikki Tulley are PhD candidates and in the video Sacred Posion, they offer a look at the deadly consequences of uranium mining on Diné people and how they prevent history from repeating itself.


WaterTalk Seminar by Dr. Karletta Chief

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Dr. Karletta Chief presents, “Training STEM graduate students to work in Indigenous communities to co-solve food, energy and water security challenges."


The Haury Program Award Recepients

Horseshoe Bend

Dr. Vasiliki Karanikola and Dr. Karletta Chief were awarded funding from The Haury Program. The Haury Program has also provided funding to PhD candidate, Nikki Tulley, to assist Dr. Chief to address water supply, access, and contamination issues on the Navajo Nation under the current COVID-19 pandemic. 


Navajo Safe Water Project

Karletta Chief in San Juan River

The Indige-FEWSS team contributed their efforts with the Navajo Safe Water Project to assist off-grid Navajo families with water needs for hand washing and quality drinking water. 


Navajo Hydrologist Aims to Safeguard the Resources of Her People

Dec 7, 2020

Inspired by her family and traditional upbringing on the Navajo Nation, PhD student Nikki Tulley dedicates her life to restoring balance and tackling water insecurities among Indigenous communities by studying to be one of only a few female Navajo hydrologists in the world.

Indige-FEWSS: Restoring Harmony & Resources

Sep 25, 2019

A National Science Foundation-funded collaboration between the University of Arizona and Dine Community College, the Indige-FEWSS program has enabled students to build an off-the-grid water filtration system with the ability to serve 50 families on the far-flung Navajo Nation. The goal of Indige-FEWSS is to teach the next generation of STEM professionals how to confront food, energy and water challenges in indigenous communities while letting traditional Navajo values and knowledge guide their work.