Natasha Myhal, Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellow (2022/2023)
Natasha Myhal (citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Ukrainian American) is a PhD candidate in the department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis on Native American and Indigenous Studies. She is the 2022/2023 Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Fellow.
Her dissertation uses Indigenous studies and anthropological approaches to understand how climate change impacts Odawa-nmé (lake sturgeon) relationships and how Anishinaabe ways of knowing, such as bimaadiziwin (living well), can unify and restore balance to their non-human relatives. Her research calls attention to Indigenous restoration programs—in all their complex social, political, and scientific realms—as key sources for formulating responses to climate change.
Prior to coming to Yale, she received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota, Morris, a former Native American boarding school and the only federally recognized four-year Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI) in the Upper Midwest. She then earned a Master’s in Indigenous Studies from the University of Kansas.