NASA Kiksapa REU NASA Kiksapa REU

Indian Country is unprepared for the impacts associated with a changing climate. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, populations that lack critical infrastructure and resources are most vulnerable to impacts brought on by a changing climate. The focus of this project is to address this disparity and assist the Tribes in preparing for climate change impacts. To accomplish this, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), in partnership with Kiksapa, Consulting, LLC, will focus NASA resources toward building TCU infrastructure, preparing undergraduate students for careers STEM fields, engage TCU faculty and students in scientific research, strengthen the TCU network of partners in the scientific community, and provide critical service to their respective Tribes. Specifically, this partnership will focus on climate change education and training in geospatial technology through NASA Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU's), which serve as summer intern and externships. These REU's will train TCU faculty and students in climate change and how to utilize NASA resources and geospatial technologies to address climate impacts to resources on tribal lands. Successful completion of this project will not only meet NASA's Education Strategic Framework Outcome 1, but will mark a significant contribution by NASA in assisting the Tribal Nations prepare for climate change impacts.

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Haskell Indian Nations University:
Twenty-two American Indian children entered the doors of a new school in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1884 to begin an educational program that focused on agricultural education in grades one through five. Today, Haskell continues to serve the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native people from across the United States. For more than 117 years, American Indians and Alaska Natives have been sending their children to Haskell, and Haskell has responded by offering innovative curricula oriented toward American Indian/Alaska Native cultures.

Tohono O'odham Community College:
Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) is a two-year college for individuals from all walks of life who want to further their education. TOCC primarily serves the residents of the Tohono O'odham Nation, but anyone pursuing a higher education is welcome to attend.
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Tohono O'odham Community College Press Release

White Earth Tribal College: The Nibi Manoomin Preservation Project
Anishinaabe elders of the White Earth Nation recognize that the health and well-being of Nibi (water) and Manoomin (wild rice) must be managed in ways that blend western science and traditional knowledge.