Dr. Franklin Sage
Director of Diné Policy Institute
Dr. Franklin Sage is the Director of Diné Policy Institute. He is a graduate of University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND with B. A. and M. A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research. The title of his Master’s thesis study is “Comparing the Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors of Native Americans and Non-Native Americans,” and his Doctoral dissertation study is “Indigenous Knowledge System and Decolonizing Methodology Interwoven into Higher Education Experiences: Autoethnography.” He is a co-author for publication in International Review of Qualitative Research and title of the article is “Decolonizing Our Own Stories: A Project of the Student Storytellers Indigenizing the Academy (SSITA) Group.” Dr. Sage is a combat veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom and served 12 years with the U. S. Army. He is initially from Counselor, NM.
Michael Parrish is the Policy Analyst for Diné Policy Institute. He studied Political Science at Arizona State University and graduated with a B.A. in 2015. At DPI he has worked of food sustainability research and grants, LGBTQ issues with Moroni Benally, and continues to analyze important Navajo Nation legislation. Currently he is researching decentralization proposals in the Navajo Nation and land reform. He is a member of Kayenta Chapter.
Majerle Lister is a Research Assistant. He graduated from ASU with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. He is interested in pursuing Political Theory and/or Sociology.
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