Welcome to the Summer 2019 issue of Winds of Change! As I
paged through this latest edition, I kept thinking about one quote from
graduate student Robbie Jimerson (see “Top Jobs in Computer Science”).
“Any way I can help my community is what I want to do,” he says of his
work using sophisticated technology skills to preserve his Seneca
That comment struck me because I think the same sentiment drives many
of us who are committed to the AISES mission. We are working together
to advance the progress of Indigenous people in STEM and, in turn, to
make sure those skills benefit our developing communities.
You can read about STEM professionals doing just that, and meet
specialists like Paul Crocker of Menominee Tribal Enterprises. He
describes data collection that’s helping the forest team make better
decisions, noting he’s “amazed that foresters were able to [assess
resources] in the past without GIS.” You’ll read that applying
innovative technology to the challenge of managing tribal forests, land,
and natural resources isn’t supplanting the knowledge of those “past
foresters,” but making it more nimble in these challenging times.
We are working together to advance the progress of Indigenous
people in STEM and, in turn, to make sure those skills benefit our
Another GIS user is “mom in science” Dawn D. Davis, who writes about
being an Indigenous student and mother in Last Word. And as always, you
can catch up with news from AISES and other members in AISES Notebook,
investigate opportunities for aspiring and current STEM professionals in
Career Builder, and read about academic news and opportunities in Paths
The part of the magazine I turn to first is AISES People, which I can
count on for stories of amazing members like Dr. Grace Bulltail. One
thing she talks about is the value she places on her community’s
traditions. “My Crow heritage is central to my identity and my values,”
she says, explaining that she looks forward to reuniting with family and
friends at the annual Crow Fair in Montana.
Like Dr. Bulltail and many of you, we are also looking forward to
this favorite season of family gatherings, powwows, and reconnecting
with our communities. But around the AISES office, summer is also a busy
time because we are in the midst of planning for the 2019 National
Conference. It’s coming up October 10 to 12 in Milwaukee, so be sure to
make your plans and register now — you won’t want to miss this one.
You’ll be able to attend the largest College and Career Fair in Indian
Country, not to mention thought-provoking sessions. You’ll also enjoy
formal and informal networking opportunities, and have the chance to
connect with old friends and make many new ones. See you in Milwaukee!
Ta’Tura Tsiksu (With Much Respect),
Sarah EchoHawkPawnee Nation of OklahomaAISES Chief Executive Officer