• 2018   Interns

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    Reginald    Black   Elk

    My name is Reginald (Regi) Black Elk. Oglála hemáčha (I am Oglala Lakota) of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires; Lakota, Dakota, & Nakota Nations) and I originate from Ȟesápa (Black Hills, SD). I am a recent graduate of the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Program with an emphasizing in Environmental Justice. I hope to further my academic career in environmental studies and hope to create an Environmental Studies Program at Haskell.

    Poster "Restoring Lakȟótathíŋmakȟočhe(Lakota Prairie): Traditional Management and Climate Change"

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    Natasha    Chenot

    Natasha Chenot is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. Natasha is a recent graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University where she majored in Environmental Science. She will continue her studies at the University of Kansas in the Master’s Program of Geography this fall. Her long-term goal is to work at the intersection of geography and natural resource management—upon receiving her M.A., she intends to move to Alaska and work as a GIS/environmental consultant for village and regional corporations throughout the state. Natasha is interested in exploring issues of climate change and the resiliency of Indigenous communities, as well as the relationships between community, culture, and place.

    Poster "Roads, Water, and Wetlands: Effects of Highway Construction on Wetland Viability"

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    Daryline    Dayzie

    My name is Daryline Dayzie and I am from Whippoorwill Springs Arizona located on the Navajo Reservation. I am Navajo (Din4) and currently working on my Bachelor Degree in environmental science at Haskell Indian Nation University. My interests are forestry and environmental restoration of an ecosystem that may affect health of all living species and the surrounding climate. Specifically, I see myself working with tribal communities that suffer from environmental issues such as water availability, food sources, and toxic waste lands. Through community engagement I will be able to address these issues the proper and safest way. Therefore, with this HERS internship I will be able to gain experience in communication and field work studies with other environmentalists. Hands on training will prepare me on what to expect in a field base setting.

    Poster "Radiation Waste: Effects of Uranium Contamination on the Navajo Nation Ponderosa Pine Community"

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    Stephen    Esmond

    I am Stephen Esmond I am the oldest of eight siblings. I am from Mannford, Oklahoma, and recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University. I plan to attend graduate school and obtain a master's degree.

    Poster "Shell Shocked! Temperature induced sea level rise threatening sea turtle nesting habitat"

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    Trevor    Guinn

    My name is Trevor Guinn. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation and a sophomore at Haskell University, where I am currently working to receive my Associates in Social Work. Being from the rural town of Carthage, Missouri, I am humbled to be invited into such a diverse and compassionate community of Native Americans from across the nation. While I’m still learning about the endless opportunities that I have, my plan is to work towards a PhD in Child Psychology and a Masters in Urban Planning. My goal is to be able to help build communities of tomorrow that are both family friendly and inspiring for the children of tomorrow, as well as working in the fight to assure better mental health awareness for children and adolescence. I’m excited to be a part of the HERS program because I’m eager to learn more about the impacts of things that I care about on the Native tribes of America, and building a more professional understanding of research and networking.

    Poster "Head Above Water: Sea Level Rise and Gentrification in Brooklyn and Queens, New York"

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    Sasha    Keams

    Yá’át’ééh! Shí éí Sasha Keams yinishyé. Hashk’ąą Hadzohí nishłį́, Tł’ááshchí’í báshíshchiin. Tó’áhání dashíchei, Tábąąhá dashínáłí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishłį́. Hello, my name is Sasha Keams. I am from the Diné tribe and originally from Arizona. I have been living in Kansas for a couple of year, as I attend Haskell Indian Nations University and work towards my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. I hope to become a physician one day.

    Poster "Migrating Medicine: How Shifting Woodlands Affect Navajo Health"

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    Willow    Kipp

    Oki Niisto Nitaniko Natoyiiksistikiakii, (Hello My name is Holy Beaver Women.) I am Shoshone-Bannock from Fort Hall Idaho, and I am Blackfeet from Browning Montana. I’ve had the privilege of being an active learner within both cultures, through ceremony and language which has strengthened my identity. While simultaneously pursuing a western education at the University of Montana, where I earned a Bachelor's and associate’s degree in Native-American and Environmental studies. The process played an important role as who I am today. Being away from my culture, ultimately showed me the resilience of my ancestors, my independence as a women, and the beauty of my land and people as a whole. Ultimately, enabling me to finish both of my degrees at the University, and fill my passion to further my education in areas of studying Indian Law. Within the upcoming school year, i’ve allowed myself time to prepare the ‘LSAT’ most prominently preparing myself for law school, helping my aspirations to become an Tribal/Criminal Lawyer. Ksisksisktsimahtsiistiip, (All my best) Natoyiiksistikiakii - WillowCahill Weela Kipp.

    Poster "Bison, Fire, Nitsitapii: Utilizing Innii(Bison) and Controlled burns to Maintain Short-Mixed Grass Prairie Biodiversity within the Blackfeet Nation"

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    Keith    Moore

    Keith Moore is a tribal member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe of Fort Hall, Idaho. He is a senior at Haskell Indian Nations University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. He is looking forward to starting this HERS internship to build new friendships, network, and connect with like minded peers who are looking to make an impact in our native communities research.

    Poster "Well, Dam! Rising Water Temperatures & The Challenge of Maintaining Traditional Chinook Fishing"

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    Autumn    Powell

    She is from Window Rock, Arizona and member of the Navajo Nation. Attending Haskell Indian Nations University and is an Environmental Studies major.

    Poster "The Decline of Riparian Habitat in Canyon de Chelly"

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    Jamie    Stallings

    My name is Jamie Ursula Stallings and I am from Wasilla, Alaska. I am studying Environmental Science at Haskell Indian Nations University. My future goals in life is to become a Pediatric Dentist and one day President of the United States. I am so excited to be a part of the HERS program because I love learning about everything. I love being outside and learning about nature and the ways of the universe. It is important to seize every opportunity that is out there that will better yourself. I’m alive and I want to create a legacy for my future children. It is important to me to strengthen my knowledge on ways to present my hypotheses to the community. I’m passionate about helping people and our mother earth. It is the Yupik and Athabascan way of my culture to protect nature and my people in it. We are all human beings trying to do the best with what we can with what we have. In my future research endeavors over the summer, I am pursuing ways of how indigenous subsistence living can save us from killing ourselves. Greed and consumerism is killing our planet due to the war on oil and the hormones in our food. Indigenous lifestyle is the healthiest lifestyle there is right now that I can see that will give humans a fighting chance in surviving in it. My ancestors were bought and sold from Russians to Americans and remained resilient while faced with challenges like disease and addiction.

    Poster "Embracing Birch-Bark Basketry"

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    Zackary    Towey

    Zackary Towey, born in Lawrence Kansas, 22, Major in Environmental Science. I enjoy role-playing video games, strategy-based games, and multiplayer arenas. I also grow plants in my free time, read books similar to Hemingway, and enjoy hummus.

    Poster "Preserving our Roots: The Challenge of Climate Change to Menominee Forest Management"

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    Kynser    Wahwahsuck

    My name is Kynser Wahwahsuck, I am from Leavenworth, Kansas. I represent the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. I graduated with my B.S. in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University May 2018. I am continuing my education by participating in the University of Kansas Post-Baccalaureate Education Program as a scholar this fall.

    Poster "Fire Sovereignty: Using Prescribed Burns to Conserve Tallgrass Prairies on Tribal Lands"