With a grant from the First Nations Development Institute, I conducted oral-history research with elders on Blackfeet traditional foods and food systems - the first research of its kind. The research resulted in a final report and educational pamphlet, which are available for free online and on the Blackfeet Reservation. The success of the project led to additional funding from First Nations to develop an advocacy guide and organize a Traditional Food Summit in 2018.
Coverage in national media, including a feature in Yes! Magazine
Featured on the Native Nations Institute Indigenous Governance Database
Featured on the National Park Service Traditional Ecological Knowledge webpage
Awarded the National Indian Health Board's 2017 Local Impact Award
Presented at the 2017 National Native Health Research Training Conference and the 2017 National Food Sovereignty Conference
Used by an undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Montana and Montana State University
Founded in November 2015, POC Online Classroom is a social justice resource website curating hundreds of readings and resources. Tasks for website management include regularly adding resources, editing syllabi on pertinent topics, managing social media accounts, designing engaging social media posts, writing a bi-monthly newsletter and analyzing analytics to optimize and adjust website content. On average, the website generates over 4,500 page views and reaches 60,000 on social media per month.
Featured in the "Communal Curriculum" section of the 2017 Youth Report by Protein, a global branding and communications consulting firm
Daughters of Violence is a bi-annual zine by women and non-binary folks of color edited by myself and Michelle Kiang. It grew from our desire to create an anthology of the contemporary experiences of young women and non-binary folks of color. We lead all aspects of the zine, including submission outreach, editing and formatting, sales and shipment.
My senior honors project examines the impacts of settler-colonialism on youth suicide on the Blackfeet Reservation of Northern Montana. I trace this issue by looking at the historical development of contemporary Blackfeet society and by interviewing Blackfeet mental health practitioners. Through these interviews, I identify three specific issues impacting Blackfeet youth: absentee parents, substance abuse, and cultural loss. I hope to highlight the importance of recognizing the structure of settler-colonialism in combating youth suicide, as well as the radical potential of culturally-based prevention initiatives on the Blackfeet Reservation. Advisor: Juliana Hu Pegues, American Studies Department.