Native American Physicians, Scientists and Engineers

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Hello,

I am new to the group and a high school educator on an Indian reservation. Looking for ways to encourage and promote the sciences to a population taken very low by colonization and dysfunctional assimilation.

Thanks.

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re: Native American Physicians, Scientists and Engineers

Welcome to WAYS. Your question is one that is near and dear to my heart, as I've also worked with youth on native reservations here in Quebec. Though it's probably a ways off from where you are from, we likely face many of the same challenges.

Unfortunately, I don't have any real answers for you. I'm not an educator myself, but I'm sure someone else here will have input. We (WAYS) just got back from the world science forum in Budapest, where there was much talk of how to get youth interested in science (and keep them there).

Have you already made any attempts to nurture scientific students amongst your students? If you have, maybe you can start by sharing some of your own experiences, whether positive or not.