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Chinle Native Selected as Science Fellow for Deep Ocean Exploration by Navajo-Hopi Observer

Kim Etsitty, a teacher at Navajo Pine High School in Gallup Mckinley County Schools, has been chosen as a 2024 Science Communication Fellow by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). Originally from Chinle, Arizona, Etsitty will be sailing on OET’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus this autumn as part of a deep ocean team involved in a unique STEAM initiative that explores deep-sea biology and geology within Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

Etsitty is among 13 fellows selected from a competitive pool of applicants representing various schools, science centers, and non-profit organizations throughout the Pacific and North America. She expressed her excitement about the opportunity to engage with classrooms worldwide and share insights about the importance of water. Etsitty believes that Indigenous ecological knowledge, including the Diné worldview, can contribute to the restoration of land and waters. She sees her selection as an opportunity to serve as a role model for future Indigenous scientists and to exchange cultural perspectives with leading scientists.

During her time at sea, Etsitty will have access to NautilusLive.org platform to connect with learners globally. To learn more about Kim’s upcoming experience and how you can get involved with OET’s work visit their website.

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