Project Spotlight

UVA-SWO Partnership for Rangeland Ecology Research and Education

This is a unique project that combines environmental sciences research, educational exchange, and community health within the context of a rangeland ecology, bison grazing experiment on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in northeastern South Dakota. For the science research, the team will be analyzing the comparative effects of bison vs. cattle grazing on Native American rangelands, with regard to 1) the sustainability of the vegetation, soils, and animals, 2) the abundance and productivity of traditional medicinal plants, and 3) the economic viability of the animal production.  This research project provides the context for educational exchange between UVA students and tribe members, with particular foci on 1) generating science education opportunities for tribal youth that may extend way beyond the current capacity of their educational system, 2) involving UVA students in the research, collaborations, and interactions with tribal community members.

UVA-SWO Partnership for Rangeland Ecology Research and Education