Home Town: Norman, OK
Tribe: Absentee Shawnee/Kickapoo
College: University of Kansas
Major: Indigenous Geography
Present – 2015- The Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology, Graduate Research Assistant University of Kansas
Present -2012 -Rising Voices-Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions 1-6, Organizer and participant, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Co.
Present – 2013 – Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, Haskell
2012- Idle No More Central Oklahoma, Activist, organizer, and community educator
Present – 2012- Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers
2014-2015 -Association of Geographers Diversity Ambassador
2013- 2011 -American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group
Present -2012 – American Association of Geographers
Present – 2012 – Rising Voices of Indigenous Peoples in Weather and Climate Science Workshops, 1-6. Presenter, facilitator, panelist, and Student organizer. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Boulder, Co.
2012 -Spring- Fall 2011- Parliamentarian, Haskell Indian Nations University Student Senate
2012-Southwest Representative of American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Congress (Spring)
2011 -2012-Student Conduct Committee, Haskell Indian Nations University ()
2010 -2011 – Indigenous and American Indian Studies Club, Haskell Indian Nations University
2011 – Inter-Tribal Club, Haskell Indian Nations University
2005 -2004 – Native American Students Association, Seminole State College
1999- 1997 -Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of America, Reno NV
1998 – Chair, Indian Education Advisory Committee Title IX Indian Education Program and Johnson O’Malley Program, Washoe County, NV
1996 – Chair, Indian Education Advisory Committee Title IX Indian Education Program and Johnson O’Malley Program, Nevada County, CA
Ms. Blanchard is currently a PhD student in the department of Geography at the University of Kansas. Her current work addresses Indigenous women led environmental movements incorporating Indigenous Feminist methods, ethics, protocols, and philosophies. Her work includes social, climate, and reproductive justice for Indigenous Peoples and other intersectional and marginalized populations.
Paulette holds a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous & American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University. Her work addresses the challenges and opportunities that Indigenous Peoples face in relation to climate change and climate justice.