Awards Database

Awards Database

A key goal of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice is to forge stronger relationships between expertise and resources within Southwestern communities and those at the University of Arizona (UA) and encourage outstanding scholarship at the nexus of environment and social justice.

The Awards Database shared here offers a comprehensive record of awards the Haury Program has made to advance those collaborations and to recognize outstanding UA faculty and visiting associates.

Suggested Keywords: Seed Grant, Challenge Grant, Faculty Fellow, Visiting Associate, YWCA, UA, Sociology

Native SOAR's staff assistantship

Lead: Amanda Cheromiah, Director, Native SOAR
Partners:

  • Award Date: May 2021
  • Award Amount: $18,000
  • Type: Director's Fund - Tribal Resilience Initiative
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

The award aims to fund the hiring of two summer staff members to recruit new students and for operational funds for Native SOAR’s first virtual summer program.

Research Assistant Support for the Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement Office

Lead: SVP Levi Esquerra, Senior Vice President for Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement
Partners:

  • Award Date: Feb 2021
  • Award Amount: $18,000
  • Type: Director's Fund
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

The award supports the work undertaken by the Senior Vice President for Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement office.

University Climate Change Coalition - Arizona Institutes for Resilience AIR UC3 Fellows Program

Lead: Kathy Jacobs and Neha Gupta, Arizona Institues for Resilience
Partners:

  • Award Date: Jan 2021
  • Award Amount: $20,000
  • Type: Director's Fund
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

As a new member institution of UC3, UA, alongside 20 other leading North American research universities, is prototyping a collaborative model designed to leverage institutional strengths to foster a robust exchange of best practices and lessons learned in pursuit of accelerating local climate solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build community resilience. 

The UC3 Fellowship Program is proposed as a three-year initial start-up pilot. Over the three-year period, three cohorts (up to ten fellows in each annual cohort) will work with UA’s UC3 liaisons, participate in workshops, activate their networks, and develop specific actionable programs and activities. Each cohort will work with community partners to create and propose projects for launch. One to three pilot projects per year will be selected for funding by the Office for Research, Innovation, & Impact, based on the advice of the UC3 liaisons.

Graduate Student Support

Lead: Megdal, Sharon, UArizona Water Resources Research Center
Partners:

  • Award Date: Sep 2020
  • Award Amount: $18,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Native Pathways
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

Graduate Student Support for Sharon Megdal, UArizona Water Resources Research Center

Recipient: Miguel Moreno, UArizona Law Student

Mr. Moreno will assist Dr. Megdal with planning for  “Indigenous Water Dialogues”, and the program for the “202X Indigenous Water Issue Conference”

Leupp well predesign

Lead: Tulley-Cordova, Dr. Crystal, and Jason John, Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources
Partners: Milton Bluehouse Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President and Vice President

  • Award Date: Sep 2020
  • Award Amount: $200,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Water Sustainability in Indian Country
  • Duration:
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

Pre-design is desperately needed to evaluate and connect Leupp Well 2B to the new well located in Leupp, AZ in the southwestern region of the Navajo Nation planned to supply water for the Dilkon Medical Center, currently under construction. The primary well constructed for the Dilkon Medical Center has water quality issues, and additional water source is needed. The Southwestern Navajo Rural Water Supply Program Appraisal Study has been completed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Native American Affairs Office for the southwestern region of the Navajo Nation, including Leupp in the southwestern portion of the U.S.  Leupp Well 2B is 1096 feet deep and yielded 745 gallons per minute.  Leupp and the immediate surrounding area receives the least amount of precipitation compared to the rest of the Navajo Nation; it is the aridest area and is susceptible to severe drought conditions. Pre-design costs are $551,314.

Native American Web Portal Research Database and Inventory of Programs

Lead: Williams, Robert A. Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) The UArizona College of Law
Partners:

  • Award Date: Sep 2020
  • Award Amount: $15,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

Funding support to complete the design and then launch the UArizona Native American Web Portal Research Data Base and Inventory of Resources and Programs (“Grand Challenges” pillar- identified in the overall 2019 Strategic Plan for the University of Arizona).

Pascua Yaqui Tribe-UArizona Micro Campus

Lead: Williams, Robert A. Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) The UArizona College of Law
Partners:

  • Award Date: Sep 2020
  • Award Amount: $20,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Native Pathways
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

As part of the 2019 University of Arizona Strategic Plan Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement Initiative (UA Native American SP), the University of Arizona (UA) Provost’s Office and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe have agreed to establish the UA’s first tribal micro campus on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation (Note: this is partial funding).

Research Assistant Support for the Navajo nation Department of Water Resources

Lead: Dr. Tulley-Cordova, Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources (NNDWR)
Partners: Chris Shuey, Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC), Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Award Date: Sep 2020
  • Award Amount: $18,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Native Pathways
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

The award supports a part-time intern to update the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resource Water Development Strategy. The research intern will work with Dr. Tulley-Cordova from the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources (NNDWR) and Chris Shuey from the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Support for UArizona College of Law

Lead: Williams, Robert A. Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) The UArizona College of Law
Partners:

  • Award Date: Sep 2020
  • Award Amount: $22,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

Funds for an Administrative Assistant to the newly appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, (UNSRRIP/Special Rapporteur), Francisco Cali Tzay. 

 

Navajo COVID-19 Water Needs Mapping

Lead: Chief, Karletta, UArizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Partners: Northern Arizona University, Ronson Engineering, University of California, MSU, University of New Mexico, SRIC

  • Award Date: Aug 2020
  • Award Amount: $47,591
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Water Sustainability in Indian Country
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Status: Completed
View Summary
The project aims to identify COVID-19 high-risk areas in the Navajo Nation. Through UArizona’s collaborations regarding water, health, and environmental health, project leaders will create a map that combines water quality, water infrastructure, health, and socio-economic data to identify areas on the Navajo Nation that are most at risk for a COVID-19 spike in the fall due to lack of access to
water, food, and energy. 

Air to Water Technology Demonstration Site in Navajo Nation and Water Bus – Water Treatment in Shipaulovi, Hopi Nation

Lead: Sorensen, Mark, STAR School (Painted Desert Demonstration Projects, Inc)
Partners: Jing Luo, Appex Applied Technology, Inc., Trent Teegerstrom, Arizona Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP)

  • Award Date: Jul 2020
  • Award Amount: $17,400
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Water Sustainability in Indian Country
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Status: Completed
View Summary
The Water Bus project aims to serve as a rapid relief response effort which will provide safe drinking water to the Hopi Tribe villagers. The water bus will be deployed in Shipaulovi Village. The Water Bus's filtration system requires no external power sources as it is 100% solar powered. 
 
The Air to Water project aims to test a system powered by an integral combination of solar photovoltaics and high-efficiency solar thermal energy to produce water. The team will conduct a performance test of the SOURCE Hydro-Panel system to better understand the feasibility of applying “air to water” technologies in arid and semi-arid regions. The system will be deployed in the Navajo Nation. 

Off Grid Water Purification Units in Navajo Nation

Lead: Karanikola, Vasiliki, UArizona College of Engineering
Partners: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), the Indian Health Service (IHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction Program and a Chapter House in the Navajo Nation

  • Award Date: Jul 2020
  • Award Amount: $45,300
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Water Sustainability in Indian Country
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

The project aims to address the urgent need for food, energy, and water on the Navajo Nation that has been intensified due to COVID-19. The project leaders will use pressure-driven desalination methods, nanofiltration (NF), and reverse osmosis (RO) for the treatment of brackish waters such as those on the Navajo Nation while producing high-quality water. The system will be powered by solar panels.  

The team will construct and deploy two off-grid mobile water purification units to test the system. The overall goal of the project is to provide mid and long-term solutions to the food, energy, and water challenges in the Navajo Nation.

Preparing the Next Generation of Native American Hispanic STEM Innovators - Phase 2

Lead: Fortuin, Kevin, Sunnyside Unified School District
Partners:

  • Award Date: Jun 2020
  • Award Amount: $81,570
  • Type: Challenge
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

The project's aim is to inspire underserved Native American and Hispanic youth to pursue STEM careers. The project focused on strengthening opportunities related to the nexus of social justice and the environment in the education pipeline (k-12) for underserved Native Americans and Hispanic youth. The project prepared students with the necessary math background for them to take advanced math courses by 12th grade to increase the number of underserved youth placing into higher prerequisite math courses required in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

Graduate Student Support

Lead: Chief, Karletta, UArizona Department of Environmental Science
Partners:

  • Award Date: May 2020
  • Award Amount: $18,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Native Pathways
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

Graduate Student Support for Karletta Chief, UArizona Department of Environmental Science.

Recipient: Nikki Tulley, second-year Ph.D. student, UArizona Department of Environmental Science

Ms. Tulley will assist Dr. Chief on the Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS) program. Indige-Fewss aims to develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and Food-Energy-Water Security (FEWS) expertise to address FEWS challenges in indigenous communities.

Preparing the Next Generation of Native American Hispanic STEM Innovators - Phase 2

Lead: Martinez, Carmen, San Xavier District Education Center Tohono O’odham Nation
Partners:

  • Award Date: Mar 2020
  • Award Amount: $84,000
  • Type: Challenge
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Status: Ongoing
View Summary

The project's aim is to inspire underserved Native American and Hispanic youth to pursue STEM careers. The project focused on strengthening opportunities related to the nexus of social justice and the environment in the education pipeline (k-12) for underserved Native Americans and Hispanic youth. The project prepared students with the necessary math background for them to take advanced math courses by 12th grade to increase the number of underserved youth placing into higher prerequisite math courses required in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).