Department of Energy

Encouraging Native Women in STEM at the DOE Tribal Summit

September 27, 2019

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Hear from some of the speakers and attendees at the DOE Tribal Energy Summit about the importance of having women in STEM and how we can encourage women to pursue STEM careers and energy innovation. Learn more about the Tribal Energy Summit and the work of the Office of Indian Energy here.

Bernadette Cuthair, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

I feel like our Native American women, our youth, it is a call to action because ultimately they will determine the future of our tribes. It is very important they have that readiness to defend it, to honor it

Bernadette Cuthair
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Michelle Holliday, Founder and President, Michelle Holliday and Associates, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

I’m proud of my identity as a Native Indian woman in energy.

Michelle Holliday
Founder and President, Michelle Holliday and Associates, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Kevin Frost, Director, Office of Indian Energy, Southern Ute Indian Tribe

It’s important to recognize each and every one of us comes from a strong woman or a family of strong women.

Kevin Frost
Director, Office of Indian Energy, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Linda Marianito, Western Area Power Administration, Navajo Nation

Look at the role models. Look at women who are in those positions and go to them and talk to them about how they made it. That’s what I would encourage them to do. Find a mentor.

Linda Marianito
Western Area Power Administration, Navajo Nation
Bertha Prince (L) and Lucy Samuels (R)

Expand education in energy, technology to help tribes to advance their economy – it’s a new technology we’re heading into and this could be a pathway to advancement.

Bertha Prince
Nuvista Corporation (pictured left)

Definitely go through STEM but as you are in school studying STEM bring your culture with you. Combining both she doesn’t forget where she comes from. That she doesn’t have to choose a side, she has to walk in both worlds.

Lucy Samuels
Nez Perce Tribe (pictured right)