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September 7, 2022

Haskell Indian Nations University converges Indigenous and Western science with technical support from the Southeast CASC under a new National Science Foundation funded Indigenous Science Hub.

In the largest National Science Foundation (NSF) award of its kind to a Tribal college or university, Haskell Indian Nations University was awarded $20 million from NSF to support an Indigenous Science Hub led by Indigenous communities from across the United States and incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing with Western science. The Hub’s place-based research will focus on addressing coastal hazards faced by Indigenous communities in the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Islands, and Caribbean Islands. As part of the Hub’s collaboration with university researchers, Southeast CASC Assistant University Director Aranzazu Lascurain will provide technical support for conservation planning in the Southeast region and support training and mentorship of tribal youth through the Hub program.  

“This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a very large grant led by and for Indigenous communities across the United States. I have been fortunate enough to be part of it and to be very hands on with place-based work in coastal communities throughout the Southeast,” Lascurain said.