Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology (C-FIRST)


The Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology Network

The overall goal of this network is to develop strategies for meeting the research needs of Indigenous communities, including the capacity to lead research initiatives.


About the Network

FIRST represents an interdisciplinary network of Native scholars all working at the intersection of Indigenous and Western scientific traditions to explore how Indigenous communities are utilizing both traditions to meet their research needs. The network’s Steering Committee members represent Indigenous communities from across the United States, including Alaska and Hawai‘i, and are employed at tribal colleges, Indigenous non-profit organizations, and research universities.

The FIRST Network collaborates with First Alaskans Institute, Ngā Pae of te Māramatanga, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, and The Cultural Conservancy.


National Science Foundation (NSF) The FIRST Network is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Steering Committee

  • Joseph Brewer, University of Kansas, Indigenous Studies Program & Environmental Studies
  • Ed Galindo, University of Idaho, Aquaculture Research Institute
  • Jay T. Johnson, University of Kansas, Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science
  • Robin Kimmerer, SUNY-Syracuse, Center for Native Peoples & the Environment
  • Renee Pualani Louis, University of Kansas, Institute for Policy & Social Research
  • Liz Medicine Crow, First Alaskans Institute, Anchorage, AK
  • Melissa Nelson, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability
  • Andrea Sanders, First Alaskans Institute, Anchorage, AK
  • Kyle Powys Whyte, University of Michigan, School for Environment & Sustainability

Advisory Board



Mentoring Our Own Native Scientists (MOONS) was held from September 19-21, 2018 at Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) in Lawrence, Kansas.

MOONS Report


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