YNS and InterTribal Youth programs provide a traditional connection with
the land, preservation, healing and pursuit of Indigenous science education.
In our outdoor educational adventures, we have integrated this important component
and initiated projects in Southern, Central, and Northern California.
As a collaborative program, support from community, private
individuals enable us to share the responsibility in caring for Mother Earth
and her children.
Support for our efforts comes through partnerships like the one with Purdue
University. The project's activities seek to build the recruitment and retention
pipelines for American Indian students though which they can best obtain
geo-scientific expertise while honoring and empowering their culture, traditions,
and indigenous knowledge.
The Indigenous Earth Sciences Project
The Indigenous Earth Sciences Project (IESP) serves to coordinate collaborative
programs based at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University.
The goal is to provide our young scholars with access to the best earth science education
and outreach available for Native American students and communities.
The IESP is one of many programs united under Purdue University's Tecumseh Project, a
university-wide, coordinated effort to improve Indian education in the all fields of
study, and to provide access for Native American communities to the collected research
expertise and resources at Purdue.
Sharing the Land
Sharing the Land is a program working with tribes in Southern California. The program's
goal is two-fold:
(1) Increase on-reservation expertise in the earth and environmental
(2) develop a better understanding of how to integrate culturally-held,
indigenous, scientific earth science knowledge into the teaching of the earth sciences
for American Indian communities nationwide.
InterTribal Youth and Young Native Scholars (YNS) contributes by providing a college
summer and year-round bridge program. Students become well-prepared for college science
course work and more aware of the earth sciences as an exciting career option.
YNS/ InterTribal Youth is also developing Tribal Environmental Internships.
Our high school programs are to be augmented by project-supported real work experience
in tribal environmental management offices on the home reservations of participating