About the Culturally Responsive Indigenous Science Project

The Culturally Responsive Indigenous Science (CRIS) Project is a collaboration with three tribal communities in the Northwest, the Project catalyzes new approaches to Indigenous science teaching and learning through land-based science curriculum and hands-on enrichment programs that weave Indigenous knowledges and languages with western science with multimodal technologies and digital tools to increase Native American students’ learning, engagement and achievement across the sciences. Through a community-based approach to curriculum design, the project team collaborates to develop land-based science curriculum that weaves together traditional ecological knowledge, language, technology and western science in ways that address national science standards while honoring tribal culture, language, and sovereignty.

The CRIS Project partners and collaborators include teachers, Elders, and community members from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal School and Coeur d'Alene Tribe Language Program; the Paschal Sherman Indian School, Nespelem Elementary School, and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Language Program; the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Culture and Heritage Department and the Warm Springs K-8 Academy. At WSU, colleges and departments collaborate to make up the grant team. Partners include the College of Education, Office of Tribal Relations and Native American Programs, the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), the WSU Libraries, and the College of Arts and Sciences.


View our Video about the CRIS Project

Created by Dr. Edmundo Aguilar, Spring 2020