Indigenous Sciences & Technology

Boozhoo! Welcome!

The Department of Indigenous Sciences & Technology supports the institutional mission and goals of Leech Lake Tribal College. Our programs prepare students for careers in natural resources, life sciences, forestry, computers and technology, as well as set a foundation necessary to enter a Bachelor’s Degree program. Internships, field experiences, and research opportunities expose students to the benefits of science and technology while developing workforce skills. Our programs promote and facilitate respect and appreciation for Anishinaabe heritage, culture and values. Come join us!!

Eric Kuha
Natural Sciences & Technology Department Chair and IT Instructor

Indigenous Sciences & Technology Faculty

Eric Kuha, M.A. English, Bemidji State University, 2009
Joey Riley, Natural Science Instructor
Kelly Nipp, M.S., Mathematics, Bemidji State University, 2006
Melinda Neville  M.S., Ecology & Environmental Sciences, University of Maine, 2006 ABD, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, University of ME (in progress)
Neah Goodwin, B.S. Secondary Math, Bemidji State University, 1997
Stacie Lyon, M.S., Psychology of Culture, Walden University, 2012
Brent Silvis, M.S. Earth System Science, University of North Dakota, 2016;  Biology Credentialing, Bemidji State University, 201

Eric Kuha - Faculty

Eric Kuha
Indigenous Sciences & Technology Department Chair & IT Instructor
(218) 335-4257


From native geneticists who developed maize, to the southwestern chemists who produced dyes for pottery and weaving, Native Americans were involved in genetics, engineering, architecture, chemistry, pharmacology, and physics long before Europeans landed in North America.

What is STEM?

Stem is the acronym for “science, technology, engineering, and math”. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would like to see an increase of students graduating with a STEM-based degree. They provide funds to colleges for the development of courses, educational materials, and qualified instructors.

STEM at LLTC means you enroll in courses and work towards a degree in a STEM related field. A STEM field is any field that fits under the umbrella of science, technology, engineering, and math. So, it covers a pretty broad range. Every career is touched by the STEM field one way or another.