Using University Studies in Tribal Preservation Fields | Cheyanne St. John

Dec 7, 2021

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Cheyanne, citizen of Lower Sioux Indian Community. She is the oldest granddaughter of Ernest & Vernell Wabasha, was born and raised in Minneapolis by her parents, Theresa Wabasha of Lower Sioux Indian Community and Bennie St. John of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She graduated from Fond du Lac Tribal College in 2002 with an associate of arts degree. Between 2003 and 2006, she attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and participated in the museum studies program at Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2014 she began to manage the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site. In 2016 began serving as the tribal historic preservation officer (THPO) for Lower Sioux Indian Community. Her hobbies include public service work with tribal and local community, traditional art practice, traveling to Wacipi with her 15 year old daughter, canoeing, hiking, reading, researching, and visiting. In 2020 Cheyanne joined Mankato State Univ. to undertake graduate studies in Anthropology.

Articles: Wabasha, Ernest Reginald (1929–2013)

The Indigenous Environmental Sustainability and Traditional Knowledge Seminar Series hosted by American Indian Studies will provide a series of seminars for the broader UMD community with a focus on environmental science, traditional knowledge, and sustainability by hosting Indigenous scholars and cultural practitioners that couple traditional knowledge with western knowledge systems to address environmental sustainability policies and practices on local, regional, and global scales.