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On Sacred Ground: Indigenous Data Sovereignty

August 28, 2022

Episode 3, Season 1

On this episode we have to honor to host our guest Dr. Jameson D. Lopez, who will share how he bridges his cultural experiences into quantitative research. Dr. Lopez shares in this podcast "how much our communities [have] internalized the narratives driven by ... an outside [driven research] lens", in consequence, it is important to drive forward Indigenous statistics and data sovereignty. 

Access On Sacred Ground Episode with Dr. Lopez on our YouTube channel. About Dr. Jameson David Lopez:

Dr.Jameson D. Lopez

Jameson D. Lopez is an enrolled member of the Quechan tribe located in Fort Yuma, California. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. He studies Native American education using Indigenous statistics and has expertise in the limitations of collecting and applying quantitative results to Indigenous populations. He carries unique experiences to his research that include a 2010 deployment to Iraq as a platoon leader where he received a bronze star medal for actions in a combat zone. 

As an Indigenous quantitative researcher with expertise in the limitations of collecting and applying quantitative results to Native American populations, he tends to examine research through tribal critical race theory which contends governmental policies toward Native American focus on the problematic goal of assimilation. This challenge often results in relatively low numbers of Native American voices in comparison to dominant culture voices in quantitative research, but can be overcome through increasing Native American participation in academic and policy discourse, and including Native American voices in quantitative research through Indigenous statistics.