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‘Decolonizing’ research through collaboration and data sovereignty

University of Washington

2021 United States

Lisa Dirks, a member of the Unangax̂ community, grew up on the Alaskan island of Atka, in the Aleutian Island chain. Now a doctoral student at the University of Washington in Seattle, she is focused on reforming methods of scientific and academic research among Native populations. “Research in Native communities hasn’t always been the most ethical, and there has been a lot of harm done,” Dirks says.