Who Are We


Our project has a letter of support and/or a memorandum-of-understanding from the following.

>>> Tribal <<<
Karen Diver
(Former Fond du Lac Band Chairwoman, former Special Assistant to President Obama on Native American Affairs, Director of Business Development for the Native American Advancement Initiatives, University of Arizona)
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
(Union of the Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, and White Earth bands)
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
1854 Treaty Authority
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc
(Consortium of federally-recognized Indian Tribes, with subsidiary Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center)
>>>State Agency<<<
Dr. Edward Swain (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Retired)
>>>Academic <<<
Prof. Chanlan Chun (Asst. Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota – Duluth)


Researchers (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities)

Dr. Mark BellcourtWhite Earth Nation; UMN, retired. bellc001@umn.edu
Dr. Diana DalbottenDirector of Diversity and Broader Impacts, St. Anthony Falls Laboratorydianad@umn.edu
Dr. Mae DavenportProfessor, Dept. of Forest Resources; Director of the Center for Changing Landscapesmdaven@umn.edu
Dr. Mike DockryCitizen Potawatomi Nation; Asst. Professor, Dept. of Forest Resources; Affiliate Faculty Member, American Indian Studies Dept.mdockry@umn.edu
Dr. Daniel LarkinAssoc. Professor & Extension Specialist, Institute on the Environment Associate, Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biologydjlarkin@umn.edu
Dr. Crystal NgAssoc. Professor of Hydrology, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciencesgcng@umn.edu
Dr. Cara SantelliAssoc. Professor of Geomicrobiology and Bioremediation, Institute on the Environment Associate, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences; BioTechnology Institutesantelli@umn.edu

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Team Members (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities)

McKaylee Duquain (Menominee), MS Candidate: Conservation Sciences
Hannah Jo King, PhD Candidate: Natural Resources Science and Management
Madeline Nyblade, PhD Candidate: Hydrology/Earth and Environmental Sciences/Hydrogeology
Patrick O'Hara, MS Candidate: Earth and Environmental Sciences/Hydrogeology
June Sayers (Red Lake/Ho-Chunk), MS Candidate: Earth and Environmental Sciences/Hydrogeology


Erik Kojola PhD (2018): Sociology
Laura Matson PhD (2018): Geography; post-doctoral research fellow, Center for Changing Landscapes
Jaren Peplinski MS (2020): Natural Resources Science and Management
Josh Torgeson MS (2019): Earth and Environmental Sciences/Geochemistry
Alex Waheed, MS Candidate (2020): Earth and Environmental Sciences/Geochemistry



Mohala Aiona: San Francisco State, CA
Evan Boening: University of Minnesota
Jamie Colvin (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma): Haskell Indian Nations University
Anna Kadrie: University of Minnesota
Nizhoni Tallas: Virginia Tech, VA
Sirena Torres: Humboldt State, CA
Yajun Xiao: University of Minnesota


Trinaty Caldwell (Menominee): UW-Oshkosh
Susannah Howard (Citizen Potawatomi Nation): Smith College
Gabbie Menomin (Forest County Potawatomi): University of Minnesota
Brena Mullen (Fond du Lac): Bemidji State University
Chris Rico: University of Minnesota
Lilah White (Mille Lacs): University of Minnesota


LeeAnn Charwood (Leech Lake): Leech Lake Tribal College
Susannah Howard (Citizen Potawatomi): Smith College
Riley Howes (Fond du Lac): Brown University
Riley Schmitter (Chickasaw Nation): University of Minnesota
Lilah White (Mille Lacs): University of Minnesota