HERS: AN EXPANDING PROGRAM IN A SHRINKING WORLD
|W.M. Griswold(1), G.L. Godfrey(l), S.C. Grant(2), and P.T. Yazzie(1),(1)Haskell Indian Nations University, Dept. of Natural and Social Sciences, 155 Indian Ave., Box 5001, Lawrence, KS 66046, (2)Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center, Kansas State University, 101 Ward Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-2502||
When the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center (HERS) was established in 1994, it was responsible for administering the NAOMI (Native American and Other Minority Institutions) program in conjunction with the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center (HSRC). Today, HERS is involved in myriad programs with several different organizations. In addition to continuing its close relationship with the HSRC, HERS has worked with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Kansas State University, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Technical Outreach Services to Communities Program.
Partnerships have also been formed with several corporate entities including the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Stone & Webster Environmental Technology and Services, and Roy F. Weston. HERS has worked with these organizations and companies in striving to reach its goals of increasing the level of involvement of Native American faculty and students in research and training relating to hazardous substances and other environmental issues and the knowledge base of tribal environmental professionals. Programs and projects designed to achieve this goal include: the Pesticide Technology Curriculum for Native Americans, the NAOMI Seminar Program, and ITEP's Air Quality Workshop. The Pesticide Technology Curriculum is intended to provide a means of reducing the impact of pests that negatively affect human health and agricultural, silvicultural and livestock husbandry, and production on tribal lands or through tribally operated pest management programs.
The curriculum also offers an opportunity to incorporate Native American knowledge into pest management practices. The NAOMI Seminar Program provides public education on hazardous substances and related environmental issues. Its mission is to facilitate communication among faculty and students and to foster cooperation in hazardous substance research, training, and technology transfer. ITEP's Air Quality Workshop brought tribal environmental professionals together to enhance their skills in the latest technologies for measuring and protecting air quality.
Key words: Native American, minority, research, technology transfer, hazardous substances.
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