Geoscience Alliance: Building Capacity to Use Science for Sovereignty in Native Communities

Nievita Bueno Watts, Wendy F Smythe, Emily Geraghty Ward, Diana Dalbotten, Vanessa Green, Mervyn Tano, Antony Berthelote

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFuture Earth-Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118854280
ISBN (Print)9781118854303
StatePublished - Jun 23 2014

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union
ISSN (Print)0065-8448


  • Culturally appropriate, native-focused assessment
  • Geoscience Alliance (GA)
  • Native Americans
  • Native communities
  • Science
  • Sovereignty
  • Traditional knowledge


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