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Ada Smith & Katia Carranza at the Pathways Conference 2023 in the lands of Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho), and Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), photo J. Duberstein

Equitable Collaboration.

The IKC is guided by our worldview, and we are committed to doing work grounded in community for the benefit of our relatives. Our group collaborates on all the projects, and we make decisions through consensus at each of our meetings. We value and respect knowledge offered by our community and our environments.

Coordination and
Communication Team.

The Communications and Coordination team works to plan and coordinate IKC meetings. They lead compiling IKC feedback into strategy and activities.  The team also facilitates the completion of past IKC communications and reports and the development of new IKC materials.


The IKC is conducting a study to assess the social and environmental relationships and priorities of Indigenous people in the Northern Great Plains. We hope this research can support the relationships between Indigenous people and their communities and grasslands in addition to advancing their social and environmental priorities and resilience. Katia Pilar Carranza, a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is assisting with implementing the research.

Participating in this questionnaire will help the IKC better understand the social and environmental relationships of Indigenous people in the Northern Great Plains. The results will also identify barriers that need to be removed to support the social and environmental priorities and resilience of Indigenous people. This information will contribute to informing IKC policies, programs, and education, so they better serve your community. Native Nation/s and communities can further use questionnaire results to advocate for solutions that support your priorities for social and environmental health.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire at this link or at We would also appreciate it if you could share the questionnaire link, via email, social media, and other means.

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