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USGS Technical training in Support of Native American Relations (TESNAR) makes funds available to support USGS employees to design and conduct technical training for staff of tribal governments or organizations. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the technical capacity of tribes for managing tribal natural resources and build on networks between the USGS and tribal governments.

NOTE: Although TESNAR is an internal competitive process, the USGS Office of Tribal Relations Tribal Liaison team solicits proposals and selects technical training that benefits tribes.

Here are the 2020 TESNAR Awardees:

1)  Shaleene Chavarria
NM Water Science Center, Albuquerque NM
Rocky Mountain Region (Upper Colorado Basin), Water Mission Area

Fundamentals of hydrologic models (PRMS and MODFLOW)

Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, Taos Pueblo, Pueblo of Tesuque

2)  Jennifer Graham
NY Water Science Center, Coram, NY
Northeast Region (North Atlantic/Appalachian), Water Mission Area

Training for Cyanotoxin rapid screening techniques for human health and oyster-fisheries protection

Shinnecock Indian Tribe

3)  Ben Linhoff
NM Water Science Center, Albuquerque, NM
Rocky Mountain Region (Upper Colorado Basin), Water Mission Area

Surface water quality collection training

Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Navajo Nation

4)  Shana Mashburn
OK/TX Water Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Southeast Region (Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas Gulf), Water Mission Area

Measuring streamflow and sampling surface water and groundwater

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of OK

5)  Jens Stevens
Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO
Rocky Mountain Region (Upper Colorado Basin), Water Mission Area

GIS mapping for post-fire reforestation

Pueblo of Cochiti