Groundwater pollution. Overgrazing. Hazardous waste. These are just a few of the environmental issues facing American Indian reservation communities that impact health and quality of life.
The American Indian College Fund will address these issues with a three-year, $1.35 million Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) program at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).
The Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) program will build program, faculty, and institutional capacity at tribal colleges and universities to strengthen and expand curriculum, faculty development, degree programs, and student success in the field of environmental sciences and related fields. The program will integrate place-based and inter-generational knowledge exchange.
TCUs are higher education centers located in the American Indian nations they serve with the potential to develop tribal environmental leaders in sustainability initiatives by offering academic preparation, research opportunities, and career work experiences. Educated and trained experts will address the environmental issues American Indian communities face through initiatives grounded in research and data.