Traditional Knowledge From The Land, For The Land: STEM Opens Doors For Native American Students

November 26, 2019

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to harness the full potential of STEM to tackle climate change, address public health challenges and advance technology. And there’s a growing recognition that we won’t be up to the task if we don’t ensure all students have access to foundational math training, authentic STEM learning and high-level, career-relevant STEM courses. Right now, students of color and low-income students are too often shut out of these learning opportunities – too often because the courses and other opportunities are never made available to them.

That’s especially true when it comes to Native American students, who use STEM skills in everyday life but too often don’t have access to the formal STEM education and training that would open doors to careers in those fields.

Native Americans have been using STEM skills on Tribal lands for generations. Tribal youth are resourceful, creative and resilient. Now, those who have gone on to study and work in STEM fields are returning home to their reservations to help meet the challenge head-on.

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