Indige-FEWSS Partners

Indige-FEWSS is grateful to our Community Partners and Advisory Committee for the collaboration and guidance as we work to strengthen food-energy-water security and sovereignty in the Navajo Nation and other Indigenous communities.

Indige-FEWSS Community Partners


Diné College Land Grant Office, Benita Litson and Bryan Neztsosie
Diné College STEM Department, Donald Robinson
Diné College, Environmental Institute, Shiprock Campus, Perry Charley and Neilroy Singer
Diné College, Tuba City Campus, Dr. Shazia Tabassum Hakim


KXWR Radio of the Navajo Nation, broadcast by Diné College (LA Williams, host)


University of Arizona - Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership, co-sponsor for Native Voices in STEM seminar series


Indige-FEWSS Faculty Labs and Centers


Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC)


"The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) is a science- and engineering-based interdisciplinary program for education, research, outreach and project/business development with focus on controlled environment systems for food production.  Improved resource utilization (water/nutrients, energy, labor and information) is achieved through studies in plant physiology and production, as well as, computer monitoring and control systems.  Facilities include laboratories and greenhouses for research, teaching and demonstration/production, as well as, growth chambers and closed environment systems."

Visit the CEAC site

Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center

WEST Center

"WEST Center facilitates innovative research and technology development to ensure sustainable water supplies that protects and promotes environmental and human health. Critical to WEST’s success is the partnership between the University of Arizona, the private sector, utilities, and the community at large."

Visit the WEST Center site

Simmons-Potter Laboratory

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The Simmons-Potter Laboratory is the research center for Indige-FEWSS Trainees with interests in renewable energy systems and linear and nonlinear response of optical materials and devices to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

the Simmons-Potter Laboratory

Ratcliff Laboratory

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Laboratory for Interface Science of Printable Electronic Materials

Visit the Ratcliff Laboratory site

KORES Laboratory

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"The KORES lab focuses on advance water and wastewater treatment processes with particular interest on material and process optimization at the water-energy nexus interface. We use fundamentals to improve performance of processes while bridging the gap between the lab scale and real life application through vigorous cost and energy optimization techniques."

Take a tour of the KORES Laboratory

Visit the KORES Laboratory site

ALEC Laboratory

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"The laboratory facility is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art analyses of organic and inorganic micro-pollutants to faculty, staff and students engaged in water sustainability research. Our intent is to develop novel analytical and bioanalytical (e.g. in vitro) methods for effective detection, quantification, and measurement of biological effects of trace contaminants in real-world matrices, and to apply these methods to the diversity of sample types being investigated by researchers at Arizona's three state universities."

Visit the ALEC Laboratory

University Sponsors and More Community Partners


University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment, 2020 co-sponsor for Native Voices in STEM seminar series


University of Arizona Superfund Research Program Community Engagement Core, Karletta Chief, co-PI


Indigenous Co-Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy & Water Systems (NSF #DGE1633740) Partnership with Diné College, University of California at Berkeley Blum Center, South Florida University


University of Arizona Indigenous Teacher Education Program - Valerie Shirley, Co-PI


Navajo Technical University, Harry Whiting, Peter Romine, Golham Ehteshami, Scott Halliday, Steven Chischilly


Tohono O’odham Community College, Teresa Newberry and Kimberly Danny

San Carlos Apache College, Marin Ahumada

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Rex Kontz

Indian Health Services, Peter Littlehat

Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources, Chrystal Tulley-Cordova

Star School, Mark Sorensen

Tolani Lake Enterprises, Bill Edwards

LCR Watershed/Black Mesa Water Coalition, Kern Collymore

DigDeep, Emma Robbins

Former Delegate to the Navajo Nation Council, Hon. Walter Phelps

Greyhills Academy STEM Teacher, Mrs. Reny Mathew

Indige-FEWSS Advisory Committees

Internal Advisory Board

Greg Barron-Gafford | School of Geography, Development & Environment |
Andrew Carnie | Dean, Graduate College |
Gene Giacomelli | Biosystems Engineering |
James Hopkins | Udall Center, American Indian Studies |
Allison Huff | Health Sciences |
Len Necefer | American Indian Studies |
Tristan Reader | American Indian Studies |
Christopher Scott | Udall Center, Geography |
Trent Teegerstrom | CALS Cooperative Extension |
Joan Timeche | Native Nations Institute |
Ronald Trosper | American Indian Studies |

External Advisory Board

Sandra Begay | University of New Mexico
Michael Bernier | Coca-Cola
Ted Burhans | Tucson Electric Power (TEP)
Kern Collymore | LCR Watershed / Black Mesa Water Coalition
Scott Haase | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Peter Littlehat | Indian Health Service (IHS)
Bryan Neztsosie | Navajo Community Member, Extension & Research Specialist at Diné College Land Grant Office
Walter Phelps | Navajo Community Member, former Delegate to the Navajo Nation Council
Donald Robinson | Diné College, School of Science & Technology
Peter Romine | NTU School of Engineering
Suzanne Singer | Native Renewables
Mark Sorensen | Director, STAR School