Native Issues Speaker Series Comes to UM in November

October 28, 2016

MISSOULA – In recognition of American Indian Heritage Month, four Native American speakers will give talks at the University of Montana in November as part of the Native Issues Speaker Series. All talks are free and open to the public.

The series includes:

  • 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, Payne Family Native American Center Room 14: Michel Kohl will present his research journey as an undergraduate through to his postdoctoral appointment. Kohl is from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and graduated from UM with bachelor and master degrees in wildlife biology. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Utah State University and will start a postdoc soon with the Ford Foundation.
  • 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, Native American Center Room 11: College of Forestry and Conservation Wildlife Biology student Paden Alexander will present his research titled “Combining Cutting-Edge Genetic Technology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Assess and Monitor Wolverine Distribution on the Flathead Indian Reservation.”
  • 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Native American Center Room 105: Silas Whitman, a tribal elder from the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho, will present on issues that need promotion both at the higher education level and transitioning to tribes for their application.
  • 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, Native American Center Room 10: College of Forestry and Conservation faculty member Brian Chaffin, Alexander Blewett III School of Law faculty member Michelle Bryan and graduate students Jennifer Harrington and Ranalda Tsosie will lead a panel discussion on tribal water.

The Native American Natural Resource Program at the College of Forestry and Conservation is co-hosting the speaker series with the UM chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and PNW-COSMOS.


Contact: Ruth Swaney, UM Native American Natural Resource Program coordinator, 406-243-5561,