Collaborative News and Updates

November 17, 2023

Maddy Nyblade’s PhD defense: First We Must Consider Manoomin/Psiη: Impacts of Climate and Land-Use Change on Wild Rice

We are excited to share that Maddy Nybalde successfully defended her PhD on her work with the collaborative and advised by Drs. Crystal Ng and Mike Dockry. You can find her presentation under Sharing our Stories: Presentation.

Maddy will be starting her new job as a faculty member at SUNY ESF in the Environmental Studies Department and affiliated with the Center for Native People and the Environment.

Maddy and her PhD defense committee, including Elizabeth Sumida Huaman, Joe Graveen, Crystal Ng, Maddy Nyblade, Mike Dockry, and Diana Karwan (from left to right).
July 28, 2023

College of Menominee Nation hosts Collaborative member Dr. Crystal Ng

To learn more about the College of Menominee (CMN)’s approach to teaching through centering Wild Rice and Dr. Crystal Ng visit this summer, check out this CMN blog post, Learning About Place from Wild Rice, written by CMN’s Geoscience Faculty, Kate Flick. For more information, see:

July 12, 2023

Research Summary: Weaving Knowledges in Tribal-University Research

The title of our tribal-university research collaborative is Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin, translating from Ojibwemowin to English as “First, we must consider Wild Rice.” This title was given to our collaborative by Ojibwe partners and reflects that the research is tribally-driven and prioritizes tribal views. Although the Wild Rice Collaborative is guided by the principle of honoring Indigenous sovereignty and rights (Matson et al., 2021), we operate in a university with a record of conducting harmful research in Indigenous communities. Since the collaborative was formed in 2018, we have been learning how to respectfully work together across cultures, agencies, disciplines, and other ways of knowing. Here we present the findings from a qualitative evaluation that explores the collaborative’s approach to engaging multiple ways of knowing through the guidance of “Kawe Gidaa-Naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin.” From 2020-2021, we interviewed 24 participants in the Wild Rice Collaborative, including Native and non-Native tribal agency staff, university students, and faculty. The interviews showed that when we consider Wild Rice first we: respect the rights and personhood of Wild Rice; prioritize tribes; treat each other as relatives; bring our holistic gifts; share time on land and water; and pursue just futures. While the guidance in this document emerged from interviews, ongoing dialogue continuously develops our practices and understandings, we hope the values, practices, and wisdoms presented here are useful to other community-university projects engaging in knowledge co-production.  

February 17, 2022

Undergraduate student interns share research at national AISES Conference

One of our summer 2021 REU interns, Christopher Villaruel, traveled to Phoenix AZ in fall 2021 to participate the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference. Accompanied by one of our collaboration leaders Diana Dalbotten, Christopher and the other student attendees had the opportunity to share their summer research, and learn from other students with shared interests. For more information, see:

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