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Skye Hart (Tonawanda Seneca)

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Regional Planning, Masters Studemt

Skye Hart is a member of the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, Snipe Clan. The racial inequities and environmental issues that she witnessed growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, motivated her to study urban planning. Her professional and academic interests focus on planning with Indigenous communities, particularly in urban areas. While she was an undergrad majoring in urban and regional studies at Cornell, she researched ways in which municipal planning departments can better work with urban Native-run nonprofits and Native communities, focusing on Seattle as a case study. After her first full year in the Master of Regional Planning program, Skye became involved in urban Native planning initiatives in Minneapolis by interning with the Red Lake Nation's Economic Development and Planning Department. Her masters exit project focuses on the affordable housing and homelessness work being carried out by the Red Lake Nation for the Native community in Minneapolis.