JoRee LaFrance

Department of Environmental Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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JoRee LaFrance comes from the Crow Reservation located in southeastern Montana and is Apsáalooke (Crow). Her Apsáalooke name is Iichiinmaaáatchilash, meaning Fortunate with Horses, and she comes from the Greasy Mouth clan and is a child of Ties in the Bundle clan.

She graduated in June 2017 from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Earth Sciences and Native American Studies. As a second-year PhD student, at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Sciences, her research aims to understand the contaminant behavior in the Indigenous Food, Energy, Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS) nexus in the Little Bighorn River watershed. More specifically, she will address the contaminant concentration-discharge relationship in the river to further determine any implications and to characterize exposure routes unique to Apsáalooke people.

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Biosphere 2

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institutes for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences