Osiyo. Ukvhad siquaniyoha dagwado'a. Anitsisqua tsiyvwi. Delasi digegv agwatvsvno. Nogwu agwsdayvhvsgi ale oginetsi agehyutsa Mnisota makoce (Dakota aniyvwiya gatohi unatseli) otseha. Mnisota tsundeloquasdiyi galvladi dagilvwisdaneho. Aniyvwiya dideloquasdi degadeyohvsgo.
I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I work closely with my tribal community in Oklahoma on issues of environmental policy, traditional ecological knowledge, and cultural revitalization initiatives. My book manuscript (under contract with University of Minnesota Press) situates this work in the context of broader discussions about indigenous governance, and asserts that American Indian nations--through their transformation of political structures that connect indigenous land ethics with resource management--have a central role to play in the global ecological crisis. This overall outlook situates my long-term research agenda to develop a sovereignty-based political ecological approach to indigenous environmental issues. Future research projects will focus on the relationship between American Indian conservation strategies and community health. As a member of the Nominations Committee, I hope to bring my experience working in tribal environmental science, policy, and management to foster this area of study within Indigenous Studies.