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Learn About the Gold King Mine Spill at Sept. 16th Luncheon

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Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné), Assistant Professor and Specialist in Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona.

Don’t miss the September 16th Chamber Luncheon at the Casino Arizona Eagles Buffet Banquet Room at 11:30 a.m.Learn about the Gold King Mine spill in the Four Corners area and how it affected the environment and the status of the lawsuit the Navajo Nation filed against the U.S. EPA.

Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) is an Assistant Professor and Specialist in Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on understanding, tools, and predictions of watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and how natural and human disturbances impact water resources.
As an extension specialist, she works to bring relevant science to Native American communities in a culturally sensitive manner by providing hydrology expertise, transferring knowledge, assessing information needs, and developing applied science projects. Dr. Chief is a member of a national climate change network of indigenous and non-indigenous scientists and is working with the Navajo Nation on impacts of the Gold King  Mine spill.

Dr. Chief is Diné from Black Mesa, AZ and was raised without electricity or running water. She is a first generation college graduate. Dr. Chief received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2000 and a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from UA in 2007. She completed her post-doctorate at

Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, NV. In 2011, Dr. Chief was named American Indian Science and Engineering Society Most Promising Scientist/Scholar, 2013 Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar award,and 2015 Native American 40 under 40.

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