Indigenous scientists come from all over, not just the United States. There are indigenous populations in Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia, Russia, China, and many more.
Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff, an Unangax (Aleut) woman, is the first Native American professor of engineering at the University of Alaska.
She has received multiple NSF grants, primarily to study factors that affect Alaska Native students’ sense of belonging and desire to pursue STEM classes and careers.
She credits the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program @ansep_ak with supporting her through difficult years as an undergraduate, facing people who didn’t believe she could succeed or confused her for an administrative assistant instead of an engineer.
Dr. Robin Kimmerer is a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a plant ecologist. She has written books about moss and is dedicated to restoring ecological communities, especially those that have significance to Native people.
She is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and has presented at the UN about sustainability.
Indigenous peoples have an extensive body of knowledge of plants and the natural world that Western science has often ignored.
These ways of knowing are referred to as Traditional Ecological Knowledge and are based on extensive observation of the natural world combined with cultural and spiritual considerations.
Dr. Kimmerer leverages this to learn more about plants, which she sees as subjects rather than objects. To learn more about it, I recommend an interview she did with @OnBeing
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