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Kyle Powys Whyte
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I hold the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. 


I am Potawatomi and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. My research, teaching, training, and activism address moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. My work has recently extended to cover issues related to Indigenous food sovereignty. 

Publishing & Grants

My writing appears in journals such as Climatic ChangeSustainability Science, HypatiaSynthese, and Human Ecology and in collections published by Oxford University PressRoutledgeCambridge University Press, and New York University Press.

The following funders in the U.S. have supported my work: National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Climate Science Center, Erb Foundation, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, Mellon Foundation, Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program, and Spencer Foundation.

Projects & Boards

I am deeply involved in a number of projects through my work with the Climate and Traditional Knowledges WorkgroupSustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee NationTribal Climate CampMichigan Environmental Justice CoalitionHumanities for the Environment, and the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering.

The boards and steering and advisory committees I serve on include Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence, The Center for Indigenous Environmental Health ResearchFacilitating Indigenous Research Science and Technology, the National Indian Youth Council, and the U.S. Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science


I received K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2009 and the Bunyan Bryant Award for Academic Excellence from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice in 2015.

Select Projects

Indigenous Resilience & Environmental Change

Tribal Climate Camp

National Congress of American Indians: Adopting Guidance Principles to
Address the Impacts of Climate Change

Collaborations with the Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation.

Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM in Collaborations between Climate Change Decision-Support Organizations and Indigenous Peoples. This project seeks to understand the range of practices that climate science organizations employ to prepare their staff for ethical issues that will occur when engaging with Tribes and to evaluate the perceptions of the effectiveness of these practices from organizational and Tribal perspectives. 

Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives. A group creating publications intended to be informational resources for Tribes, agencies, and organizations across the United States sphere interested in understanding traditional knowledges in the context of climate change. 

The Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science & Technology Network. The overall goal of this network is to develop strategies for meeting the research needs of Indigenous communities, including the capacity to lead research initiatives.

Letter from Rising Voices of Indigenous Peoples in Weather and Climate Science to the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

Shifting Seasons: Tribal Adaptation Planning for the Northeast RegionBureau of Indian Affairs. Chris Caldwell (College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute) and Sue Wotkyns (Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals). 

Supporting Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning through Community Participatory Strategic Foresight Scenario DevelopmentGreat Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center. D. Fellman (Center for First Americans Forestlands, College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute) and M. Dockry (U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station). 

Department of Interior Advisory Committee on Climate Change & Natural Resource Science.

Respecting Tribes, First Nations and Cultural Resources in Cooperative Landscape and Climate Change Decision MakingU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Upper Midwest/Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Grant. N.J. Reo (Dartmouth College), M.A. Smith (Lakehead University), D. McGregor (University of Toronto).

Environmental Justice in Native America. 2011 Special Edition of Environmental Justice.

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

Michigan Air Quality Advisory Committee. 

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.

Michigan Environmental Justice Summit. Unfinished Business: Environmental Justice in Michigan: 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order 12898 / 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Michigan Environmental Justice Plan. Press Release. 

Michigan Executive Directive 2007-23: Promoting Environmental Justice. 

Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy

Facebook and programs for 2012, 2013 2014 

Education & Academic Collaboration

Environmental Philosophy & Ethics @ MSU.

Values and Policy in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science: A Dialogue-based Framework for Ethics EducationNational Science Foundation, Ethics Education in Science & Engineering. M. O'Rourke, S. Valles, and T. Dietz. Michigan State University. 

SRPoiSE: The Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering. 

Networking the Global Humanities: Humanities and the Environment. 

Committee on the Status of Indigenous Philosophers. American Philosophical Association.