7. Geoscience Alliance

Building Capacity to Use Science for Sovereignty in Native Communities

  1. Diana Dalbotten,
  2. Gillian Roehrig and
  3. Patrick Hamilton
  1. Nievita Bueno Watts1,
  2. Wendy Smythe2,
  3. Emily Geraghty Ward3,
  4. Diana Dalbotten4,
  5. Vanessa Green5,
  6. Mervyn Tano6 and
  7. Antony Berthelote7

Published Online: 11 APR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118854280.ch7

Future Earth - Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene

Future Earth - Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene

How to Cite

Watts, N. B., Smythe, W., Ward, E. G., Dalbotten, D., Green, V., Tano, M. and Berthelote, A. (2014) Geoscience Alliance, in Future Earth - Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene (eds D. Dalbotten, G. Roehrig and P. Hamilton), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118854280.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Director of Academic Programs, Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction, Institute of Environmental Health, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

  2. 2

    K'ah Skaahluwaa, Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction, Institute of Environmental Health, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

  3. 3

    Assistant Professor of Geology, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana

  4. 4

    Director of Diversity and Broader Impacts, National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  5. 5

    Director of Higher Education and Diversity, Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction, Institute of Environmental Health, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

  6. 6

    President, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Denver, Colorado

  7. 7

    Hydrology Program Director, Salish Kootenai College Natural Resources Department, Pablo, Montana

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 APR 2014
  2. Published Print: 16 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118854303

Online ISBN: 9781118854280

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Keywords:

  • culturally appropriate, native-focused assessment;
  • Geoscience Alliance (GA);
  • Native Americans;
  • Native communities;
  • science;
  • sovereignty;
  • traditional knowledge

Summary

The Geoscience Alliance (GA) is a national alliance of individuals committed to broadening participation of Native Americans in the geosciences. In this chapter, members of the alliance present information pertinent to building capacity in native communities to use science as a means of securing sovereignty in resource-management decisions on tribal lands. The authors respond to recommendations of the GA for broadening participation of Native Americans in Geosciences: incorporate traditional knowledge into geoscience education for native students; understand and address barriers to obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in the geosciences; and create culturally appropriate assessment and evaluation in Indian Country. Members of the GA have been involved in several projects specifically aimed to address the issues and barriers, and do so with a focus on responding to issues raised in Native American communities under the stress of anthropogenic global changes.