Dr. Lydia Jennings is a soil scientist, science communicator, educator, and long-distance runner. We had the opportunity to sit down with Lydia to discuss her work, environmental policy impacts, Indigenous data sovereignty, the cultural history of spaces, running to decode land, 50 Miles for 50 Indigenous Scientists, disrupting deficit narratives, celebrating #LandBack at the Boston Marathon, and building relationship with place.
This show is available everywhere you get podcasts May 26, 2023.
Special Note: At 30.22.50 Lydia remarks that Indigenous communities in the desert have been protected by the desert from colonization. In later discussions she wanted to clarify that she meant protected from the earlier waves of colonization. Obviously, her and other desert communities and Nations have also been impacted, but not in the same way East coast tribes have. We believed this was clear from the context of the conversation but we’re academics, so we appreciate specificity.
- Lydia Jennings (@llcooljennings) | Instagram
- Lydia Jennings, Ph.D. (@1NativeSoilNerd) / Twitter
- Lydia Jennings, Ph.D. (nativesoilnerd.com)
- Run to Be Visible Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrLTUUPugIc&feature=youtu.be
- Dr. Lydia Jennings’ 50 Inspirational Indigenous Scientists | AISES
- Support the Scholarship Fund: American Indian Science and Engineering Society
- Boston Marathon #126 Landback Celebrations: Thread by @1NativeSoilNerd
- Will Run for Soil Project: The Story – Will Run for Soil
- Wings of America
- We Got Next Org.
- Natives Outdoors – A Native-Owned Athletic and Creative Collective
- Native Women Running
- Mid South Gravel
- Get the Natives Lands App: https://native-land.ca/
- The Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas: CHAMACOS
- Indigenous Data Sovereignty
- Rising Heart’s Running on Native Lands
- Yatika Field’s “Run to Know” (1st Indigenous runner to run Western States 100!)
- Historic Stagville (NC’s largest former plantation)
- Durham’s Black Wallstreet
- Wilmington’s Black wall street (and massacre)
- Greenwood experience (Greenwood Rising)