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K’Lona Lofton

K’Lona Lofton

United Tribes Technical College

  • Environmental Science and Research

My major is in Environmental Science and Research at United Tribes Technical College. I am a Lakota member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Growing up with an indigenous background, I have always known there is a deep connection to the land and all living things. I pursue this inner knowing through my career interests in soils, plants, water, and wildlife. My passion surrounds the integration of Indigenous Knowledge into Western Science. I aim to recognize Indigenous Knowledge as a vital approach to land restoration, sustainability, and conservation practices.

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