SIPI Researches Methods To Remove Contaminants

Nov 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 15-2: Reclaiming Native Health, Tribal College News

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is researching wind and other solar energy applications on its campus in Albuquerque, NM. In the greenhouse there, students are also helping with bioremediation research, which shows promise in eradicating soil and water contaminants using indigenous plants.

A SIPI graduate in natural resources, Angie Barber Sells, is working on her master’s degree at New Mexico State University where she is continuing her bioremediation research. Sells hopes that hazardous organic and inorganic chemicals, including low-level nuclear waste, found on tribal lands may someday be mitigated using indigenous plants.

Acting Assistant Indian Affairs Secretary Aurene Martin visited SIPI on Earth Day 2003 where she learned about research projects there. SIPI is a 1994 tribal college land grant institution, making it eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for such programs.

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