This open access online journal gives preference to publishing high impact articles written by Native and Indigenous Peoples. The goal of this journal is to provide a place where Native authors can share, access information, and humbly offer strategies for issues facing Native, Indigenous, Aborigine, American Indian, and First Nations peoples.
It has been our experience that certain media outlets do not value Native or Indigenous knowledge or perspectives. To bring validity to our knowledge and research the Journal of Native Sciences was established.
Hello! My wife and I started JNS to help Natives “get their words out”. There is strong power (“Boha“) in words and Native people are strong when they choose to be. I am a Newe person and I have lived on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho most my life. I know first hand about the the many and profound problems that face my community. I also know through my travels that many of these wicked problems also exist in other Tribal societies. I believe in the passing of knowledge to others, so they know how things came to be, where they come from, and most importantly to instill hope! It is my goal that JNS will contribute to the sacred tradition of passing knowledge from one to another. I also want to say that I have been contributing to JNS as an author simply to keep the journal active.
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I am Mountain Maidu, a descendant of the Pit River/Maidu tribes of Northern California and my husband and children are Spokane Tribal members. Since 2008, I have been working as a Fire Ecologist for the US Forest Service (USFS) within my family’s ancestral homeland in Northeastern Washington. I have recently become a co-coordinator and tribal liaison for the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, as well as a board member for Northwest Scientific Association and Diversity & Inclusivity committee member for the Association of Fire Ecology. In addition to a MS in the University of Idaho Fire Sciences Program, I received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Ecology & Conservation Biology, Fishery Resources, and Applied Indigenous Studies (with an emphasis in Tribal Water Rights and Treaty Rights). Prior to my current position, I have worked as a seasonal firefighter, hotshot crew member, and a fisheries and hydrology technician for the USFS, Idaho Fish and Game, and the Nez Perce Tribe. It is my goal that my children and all of the future generations of tribal people feel that their best interests are addressed in the management of our natural resources, on and off the reservation. My work has emphasized promoting tribal sovereignty on and off the reservation by sharing our stories and history and promoting cross-boundary collaboration with tribal and non-tribal agencies. My research has focused on building transparency and trust between agencies and incorporating tribal and community feedback into forest management practices. My most recent publications are Getting Back to Fire Sumes: Exploring a Multi-disciplinary Approach to Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Fuels Treatments and, Tribal Fire and Forest Management: Confederated Salish-Kootenai Fire History, Philosophy, and Resource Management Strategies.
Dawn D. Davis is a mother, a wife, a micro-farmer, a small-business owner, a PhD student, a Newe and a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. She resides on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho with her husband Cleve and two daughters Lilianna Big Tree Nolan and Isla Rain. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Arizona for her thesis titled, “Preservation and Sustainability of the Revered Peyote Sacrament in Reverence of the Native American Church”. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Idaho. As a student, Dawn is a twice awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) recipient as a fellow under the Integrated Graduate Education Research Traineeship and an Indigenous STEM scholar including research funding from the Pacific Northwest Alliance-Cosmos. Her research focuses on the environmental and anthropogenic issues that surround the revered peyote (Lophophora williamsii) plant which is integral to her spiritual practice as an Indigenous woman. Current research includes the use of GIS to model existing and historic habitat. Dawn has shared her research among Native American, academic, ethnobotanical, and psychedelic audiences nationally and internationally. As a student, and from her travels, Dawn observed the difficulties and challenges Native American/Indigenous students were confronting in pursuit to publish their work in respectable journals. For this reason, her and her husband founded the Journal of Native Sciences with the hope that it would serve as a platform to highlight the research and work being conducted by Native American/Indigenous researchers, elders, storytellers, and other knowledge holders and seekers. As a member of the Advisory Alliance, Dawn is excited to support her fellow Indigenous people as they share their sacred words.