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Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program

EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program partners EPA scientists with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) professors to address environmental problems. The Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program has given more than 150 TCU students the opportunity to work directly with their professors and EPA scientists.


2016-2018 Tribal ecoAmbassadors

  • Salish Kootenai College Inc. - Janene Lichtenberg 
    Phenology and Ecology of Culturally Significant Wildlife Food Plants in a Changing Climate
  • Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College - Andrew Kozich
    Monitoring Stream & Lake Superior Habitat Significant to Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities dba Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College – Courtney Kowalczak
    Research to Bring Back bagaanimizh (beaked hazelnut), a Traditional Food Source in the Ojibwe Ceded Territories
  • Haskell Indian Nations University - Daniel Wildcat
    Haskell Sustainability Project
  • Institute of American Indian Alaska Native Culture and Arts - Charlene Carr
    Improving Environmental Health in Tribal Communities through Backyard Farming and Gardening
  • Northwest Indian College - Andres J. Quesada
    The sea urchin bioassay system as a tool to monitor Lummi waters and sediments
  • College of Menominee Nation - Lisa Bosman
    Use of RT Snowfall Data: Increase Model Est. Accuracy /Performance & Valuation of Solar Energy Systems

2015-2016 Tribal ecoAmbassadors

  • Dr. Daniel Wildcat
    Food Waste Reduction and Landscaping and Habitat Restoration Initiatives
  • Institute of American Indian Arts – Dr. Annie McDonnell
    Creativity and Climate Resilience at the Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College – Dr. Andrew Kozich
    Monitoring of Water Temperature Trends in Focal Coldwater Fish Habitats of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Northwest Indian College – Dr. Ane Berrett
    Peoples and Plants Together in Wellness
  • Salish Kootenai College – Dr. Jesse Stine
    Arsenic on Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Land
  • Turtle Mountain Community College – Dr. Deborah Hunter
    Water Quality and Abnormal Leech Present in Waterbodies Located on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Reservation

Press Releases, Stories, and Videos

Students in a lab testing mollusks for biotoxins.Students at Northwest Indian College test mollusks for biotoxins.