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Renowned Native American environmental researcher to speak at MSU April 18

April 12, 2011

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BOZEMAN - Margaret Hiza Redsteer, a geologist with the U. S. Geological Survey and former Montana State University graduate student, will discuss Native American environmental research and climate change as the keynote speaker for Hopa Mountain's annual Native Science Fellows meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 18, in SUB 233.

A member of the Crow nation who grew up in Wyoming, Hiza Redsteer was named a lead author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has been assigned the section on Adaption, Planning, and Implementation. The AR5 has a 4-year drafting process, with publication expected in 2014. The IPCC has issued four of these reports since its creation in 1988, with the purpose of assessing the major scientific and technical issues confronting governments and other parties interested in climate change.

Hiza Redsteer is currently a research scientist with the USGS, Earth Surface Processes Team. She is project chief of the Navajo Land Use Planning Project at the Flagstaff Science Center in Arizona. She works on the Navajo Nation conducting geologic mapping, studying climate and land use history, and assessing drought impacts, wind erosion, water quality and the mobility of surface sediment resulting from changes in climate and land use. Her work has been profiled in High County News and featured in the science careers section of the Journal "Science."
This year's Native Science Fellows meeting is being coordinated by the MSU Native American Graduate Students Association as part of their annual service project.

"We appreciate Hopa Mountain and their support for our community," said Lisa Lone Fight, committee chair and Land Resources and Environmental Sciences graduate student. "They are making it possible for a renowned scholar such as Hiza Redsteer to share her research and professional experience with our community. Role models are important and seeing someone such as Hiza Redsteer makes our goals more concrete. She has done what many of us are attempting to do and we are honored to assist in this event."

Hopa Mountain's Native Science Fellows Program meeting is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Hopa Mountain is a Bozeman- based nonprofit organization that invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders who are working to improve education, ecological health and economic development.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hopa Mountain at 586-2455 or

Contact: Lisa Lone Fight, (406)548-7858 or