American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group

Paula SmithPaula Smith

2007 NASA / AIHEC Summer intern

Haskell Indian Nations University
American Indian Studies

Project: Traditional Pathways: Combining Science and Indigenous Knowledge for Reindeer Husbandry

Objectives of Project

  • To understand the potential of remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) in economic development
  • Combine both tools with Indigenous knowledge of Sami Reindeer Herders for sustainability of reindeer herding
  • To study the economic development near many reindeer migration routes in Northern Norway.


  • Mentor, Dr. Nancy Maynard, Ph.D. Manager, Tribal College and University Project, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Bull Bennett, Ph.D. North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges
  • Jennifer Brennan, NASA EOSDIS Outreach Lead
  • Janie Nall, GSFC Office of Higher Education
  • Al Kuslikis, Sponsor, American Higher Education Consortium
  • Bonnie Gallahan, USGS/FGDC Tribal Liaison
  • Ken Bailey, Department of Interior
  • John Kostelnick, Instructor, GIS Lab, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • RJ Rowley, Instructor, GIS, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Dan Wildcat, Ph.D. Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Julia GoodFox, Instructor, College of Indigenous and American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Willard Freemont, Student, Little Priest College
  • Nasbah Ben, Student, University of Kansas
  • Chahta Butler, Student, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Connie Hudson, Student, Haskell Indian Nations University


Saami Indigenous people

Saami Reindeer Migrations

EALAT project


International Polar Year