Not only is Margaret Hiza Redsteer a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a former Montana State University graduate student, she is a lead author in the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), secured funding for the Navajo Land Use Planning Project, and at one time was a silversmith, according to High Country News.
On April 18 she will discuss Native American environmental research and climate change as the keynote speaker for Hopa Mountain’s annual Native Science Fellows meeting.
Redsteer is a member of the Crow Nation and as a lead author of the AR5 she has been assigned the section on Adaption, Planning, and Implementation; publication is expected in 2014. Four of these reports have been issued since 1988 to assess major scientific and technical issues facing governments
According to Northern Arizona University, her work as project chief for the Navajo Land Use Planning Project has provided evidence of how global climate change can affect the land and its inhabitants.
She currently works as a research scientist with the USGS, Earth Surface Processes Team and is seen as a role model for young Natives.
“We appreciate Hopa Mountain and their support for our community,” 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.”
The Native Science Fellows meeting will be held April 18 at 9:30 a.m. at Montana State University in SUB 233. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 406-586-2455 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.