In many Native American families, elders tell children detailed stories about the history of their lands and wildlife. Having grown up with these stories, native students come to the university with unique knowledge about wildlife management and conservation.

A man holds a fish out in front of him and grins in excitement with a stream and trees in the background
Xavier Lovato admires a fish he caught in Montana. Photo courtesy of Xavier Lovato

We had the pleasure of hearing about the journeys of three native students, Sattie Whitefoot-Fisher, Ken Edmo, and Xavier Lovato, in the first cohort of a new program at the University of Montana funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications Program and Sloan Indigenous Graduate Fellowship Program and designed to better support Native American graduate students.

Listen to the audio story above, or read the transcript or related story.

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