Mary Beth Jäger (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is a research analyst for the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Mary Beth’s work at the UA’s NNI expands across a diverse range of indigenous governance areas. Recently, her research focuses on Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous food sovereignty. She is co-lead for the Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network , funded by the National Science Foundation (Award Number 1745499) and part of the research team for the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Access in Indigenous Communities in the Arctic and U.S. Southwest: A Comparative Landscape Analysis study (NSF-OPP Award # 2035161). Co-developed by the research team and a six-person Indigenous research advisory council, the project focuses on concerns and questions of Indigenous Peoples from the Arctic and U.S. Southwest regions about the impacts of COVID-19 on food security and sovereignty.
Jäger earned a BA at Carroll College and MSW focused in Social and Economic Development in Indigenous Communities from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
She hopes the research will strengthen Indigenous Peoples relationships with each other and with the land and non-human kin.