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SOCIOLOGIST.

DEMOGRAPHER.

DATA WARRIOR.

RELATIVE.

Pėhéveéšeēva (good day). I am a dual PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Arizona and Demography at the University of Waikato in Aotearoa New Zealand. As a social demographer, I apply critical quantitative and mixed methods to research that broadly examines Indigenous futures. My research is grounded in the following disciplinary lenses: sociology of race and ethnicity, political sociology, sociology of knowledge, critical demography, health policy research, and science and technology studies.

As an Indigenous woman (Northern Cheyenne and Chicana), I believe that I cannot be a good researcher and teacher without being a good relative. Building strong relationships with Indigenous communities, organizations, Native Nations, and students requires humility, flexibility, and honoring the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples—past, present, and future. I nurture these relationships through my commitment to growing Indigenous data warriors and supporting Native Nations in their pursuit of robust and meaningful data systems, policies, and practices.

My research has received generous support from the:

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We can no longer live the way we used to. We cannot move around anymore the way we were brought up. We have to learn a new way of life. Let us ask for schools to be built in our country so that our children can go to these schools and learn this new way of life."

-Chief Dull Knife, Northern Cheyenne

Photo Credit: Yellowbird Programs