The University of Arizona, Department of Hydrology & Water Resources hosted a four-week short course titled "Water Resources Training Program for Native American Students". The program was lead by Dr. Jim Washburne in Hydrology with co-coordinators SWES Professor Dr. Karletta Chief and Benedict Columbi. Dr. Chief's graduate students Kimberly Danny and Carrie Joseph also participated in this event.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs recruited 31 Native Americans from around the country to fill student positions in the Water Resources Training Program. The objective of the training program is to provide students with the practical/technical skills and understanding of the broader issues associated with the best practices associated with water resources management and water quality monitoring. Instruction on related skills such as basic mathematics, technical writing, Windows Office Suite use and general computer usage and applications (such as ArcInfo and Excel) was included, with much of this learning occurring during a mandatory post-dinner evening session. Instructors were drawn from local experts, academics and agency personnel selected and supported by the workshop coordinator. The training program involved classroom lectures, hands-on demonstrations, computer laboratory sessions and field trips. Topics covered were basic watershed hydrology and water resources, water quality issues and management, groundwater and surface water monitoring, dam operation, computer analysis (GIS & Excel), and basic career skills. After the program, interns are placed at internships on tribal lands to work on water issues facing tribes.
Information and photo provided by Dr. Karletta Chief.
Dr. Karletta Chief
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210038
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0038