Laticia Herkshan

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Fort Hall, ID (Bingham County)


Idaho State University
Graduate student
Political Science

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Funded by EPSCoR Award:

MILES | IIA-1301792

Research Location(s):

Shoshone Bannock Tribes; Idaho State University

COUNTIES:  Bingham, Bannock

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT(S):  District 28, District 29, District 31

Research Statement:

Laticia Herkshan, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and current doctoral student at Idaho State University, was first introduced to Idaho EPSCoR as an undergraduate student. She was a participant in the MILES Undergraduate Research and Internships (MURI) Program where she was involved in several research experiences and stated that initially, her goal was simply to learn more about how to engage in, and do, good research. Now, her focus has expanded. Laticia, who has continued to stay engaged with EPSCoR through her work on GEM3, is currently analyzing the research relationship between the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Idaho State University. Historically, Tribes across the nation have long been subjected to extractive research, where they were not involved with the research process and usually did not directly benefit from it. The overarching goals of this research are to explore the lived experiences of researchers and research participants to inform ISU researchers about best ethical practices and protocols for engaging in collaborative research, as well as to inform researchers from both entities about mitigating challenges for successful research partnerships. Laticia’s future career goals include advocating for, and creating better access to education for Native and Indigenous scholars.

Research Impact:

Development of a database of past and current research projects involving both ISU and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. We are scoring projects along many criteria including the degree of community engagement that occurred during the project. We also aim to submit a thorough report of results to the ISU Tribal University Advisory Board, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Business Council, and the Shoshone-Bannock Research Working Group to not only assist in creating training for other researchers regarding Tribe’s research protocol, but will also aid both ISU and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in navigating successful research partnerships in the future.