Clarita Lefthand-Begay is citizen of the Navajo Nation and an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington’s Information School (iSchool). She has a PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. At the iSchool, her interdisciplinary research focuses on protection of indigenous knowledge in the United States, tribal water security, climate health and resiliency. Indigenous knowledge systems are foundational to each of her
projects. She is currently the Director of the Tribal Water Security Project that examines
the water insecurity challenges faced by tribes in the United States and around the globe. As a researcher and tribal community member, Clarita supports efforts to strengthen tribal wellbeing while respecting and honoring self-determination and cultural revitalization.