Possible responses

  • Using voice of organizations such as Geo-Science Alliance—becoming the “squeaky wheel”
  • Legal: establishing law and policy
  • Actions by Geoscience Alliance
  • AGI
  • become partners/members of AGU, GSA
  • Create a native professional society
  • AISES- trying to create a professional side
  • AISES is a good model
  • Broaden our networks
  • Need to get more folks from NSF, NASA next year
  • Tread carefully- educate funding agencies on what is appropriate in native culture
  • How do we get NSF/funding agencies to care with respect to where the team is from
  • Have a panel from the funding agencies and ask them how we can help them broaden participation
  • Who sits “at the table” presently?  Is there only one table for NIH, NSF, etc?
  • The answer may be in unification of tribal people and the return to native or tribal specific values, customs, language, and social/educational structure
  • Act on your passions
  • Need to build knowledge and make friends
  • Should the Geoscience Alliance become active in politics?
    • Issue by issue concern
    • Focus on education
    • Too political to decide
    • Clarify
    • Yes, we need to be advocates for issues important to Native interests and the whole human race
    • Foster an environment whereby people are emboldened to speak up
    • Consensus
    • Get to know who represent and speak for you/your community/your people
    • Need to ask questions/think outside the box
    • Do we need to lobby/influence/need to vote!
    • Need native scientists
    • We shouldn’t worry about consensus, but rather encourage participation and sharing of facts and information leading to individual action
  • Problem: what if becoming a “leader” brings you far from home or distances you from your culture? How do you maintain your identity?
  • The question of “how to define success” is relevant. It is money? power? Fame? Or family and community?
  • Potential leaders must have a dream-a vision- an idea of what they want to accomplish. Be convinced that what you do is meaningful and valuable even if some in scientific community disagree.
  • Students:
    • Grow students to become our scientists
    • Make native students visible as persons- their cultures, their life stories, their specific needs- look for established track record not the path used to get there
    • Encourage and support the young students with leadership/job shadowing/ science camps
    • Fund the whole context of the student’s life (sitting services, family support, transportation)
    • Pay for school, living, funding for research
    • For students: arrange campus visits, money for books, transportation, help with forms and paperwork, support groups
    • Have incentive programs for geoscience students like there are for education and teachers
    • Funding and programs are definitely important. Also mentorship/role models
    • Networking is key for students
    • Personal relationship vs institutional relationships
  • Grad, Post-grad and Faculty:

–          Get on NSF panels

  • Academic politics
  • Network of support for writing grants (at small colleges)
  • Peer review journals to disseminate work
  • Have mentors available for tenure process
  • How to increase Native American professional leadership in academia? Start Early! Leaders of all types are prepared from youth: K-12 schools, ensure that such leaders retain knowledge and love for culture from which they started. Stay involved!! Keep the ties to home and community strong
  • Professional leadership often requires a level of self-promotion that many conflict with Native world views?
  • Often, Academia requires one to be self-interested if not selfish: how can this co-exist with community-based, mutually supportive native ways of learning and growing?
  • Increase visibility of native educational institutions in geosciences community?
  • Advocate for TCs, for native languages, for culturally relevant education
  • Advocate for enhanced educational opportunities for Native Americans in geosciences and related fields.

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