Posted: October 12, 2022

Watch our conversation with UMN PhD candidate and Penn State alumna Maddy Nyblade about her experience conducting research through a collaborative, tribally-driven project in the Great Lakes region.

Session Description

Research at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN) has negatively impacted Indigenous Peoples around the upper Great Lakes. Within this context, a collaborative of UMN researchers, tribes, and inter-tribal organizations came together to center tribal priorities and approaches in researching Wild Rice, a sacred relative and central food to the Anishinaabe, Dakota, and many other Indigenous Peoples. This presentation will explore Maddy's experience as part of this collaborative, showcasing the tensions and transformations possible through Tribal-University partnership. 


Storyteller Bio

Maddy Nyblade is a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota studying the hydrology of Manoomin (wild rice) ecosystems as part of a tribal-university partnership, Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin. She is interested in decolonizing, community-driven research in pursuit of understanding water, ways of knowing, and equitable collaboration to achieve water justice. Maddy is also a 2018 graduate of Penn State (BS Geoscience with honors in Community, Environment, and Development).

About the Series

Stories from the Field is a conversation series on community engagement and applied research. The series is designed to bring academics and practitioners together for informal discussions about the challenges and opportunities of doing work with communities, businesses, and the public sector. Stories from the Field is hosted by Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development, an applied research center dedicated to strengthening local and regional development in Pennsylvania and beyond.