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Yvette Running Horse Collin is a Marie Skłodowska Curie IEF post-doctoral researcher in the AGES group. Her project is titled: MethylRIDE: Charting DNA Methylation Reprogramming of Ice Age Horses in the Face of Global Climate Change and Extinction. She is interested in the fields of equine genomics, archelogy, paleontology, metagenomics, indigenous studies, sustainability and climate change.

Yvette is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation (Oglala Sioux Tribe). For more than a decade, she has received specialized training from a number of Lakota traditional knowledge bearers in advanced indigenous sciences, environmental practices, and medicines. Within her culture, these categories of traditional indigenous knowledge are selectively passed to candidates who are viewed as capable of learning, practicing and holding such knowledge in a manner that is preserved accurately for the benefit of the People of her Nation, and as appropriate, for the world.

Yvette received her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Joint M.A. from New York University. She completed her PhD work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Phi Kappa Phi International Honors Society, Golden Key International Honors Society.) Her doctoral research, which was sponsored by multiple UAF Indigenous Studies Fellowship awards and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, focused on the history of the horse in the Americas and its relationship with First Nation Peoples.

Upon completion of her doctorate in 2017, Yvette served her Nation as an appointed Presidential Ambassador, and continued her work as an Administrator for the Black Hills Sioux Nation Council.  As is aligned with her cultural protocols, Yvette spent the past three years returning her research back to the communities who participated in her doctoral study. In many cases, this took the form of physically returning representative herds of the descendants of the original horses of such Peoples to their communities and actively participating with elders in teaching and sharing the traditions and science surrounding them.

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  • November 19, 2019: Incorporating Traditional Native Knowledge into the Western World: A Path Forward. Huntsville, Alabama. National American Indian Heritage Observation, Redstone Arsenal.
  • October 24, 2019: Traditional Indigenous Knowledge in Education: The Path Forward. Isle of Skye, Scotland. Sabhal Mor Ostaig (SMO), University of the Highlands and Islands.
  • August 9, 2019: Uniting Traditional Knowledge and Western Academia: A Strong Future for the Sciences. Sturgis, South Dakota. Restoring Traditional Alliances: Lakota, Arapaho and Cheyenne Elders Conference.
  • August 7, 2019: America’s Native Horses: Indigenous and Feral. Billings, Montana. PZP Immunocontraception Conference, The Science and Conservation Center.
  • October 28, 2018: The Role of the Horse During Removal. Decatur, Alabama. 23rd National Trail of Tears Association Annual Conference & Symposium.
  • July 28, 2017: What Makes a People “A People?”: Reclaiming Land, Language, Medicine, and Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights. Toronto, Canada. The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE).
  • June 23, 2016: The Medicine Horse Way: The Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and their Traditional Horses (Workshop).Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The 2016 Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA).
  • May 2016: A Return to Wellness for Indigenous and First Nations Peoples. Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota. Prophecy of the Grandfathers’ Conference.


  • Collin, Y.R.H., Collin, S., McIntosh, A., MacMhaoirn, A. (in press) What makes a people “a people?”: Reclaiming land, language, medicine, and cultural and intellectual property rights. Onaway Indigenous Journal, vol. 1.
  • Collin, Y.R.H., Collin, S., Koskey, (2019). Protecting the right to exist as people: Intellectual property as a means to protect traditional knowledge and indigenous culture. Proceedings from the Alaska Native Studies Conference Wellness & Healing: Indigenous Innovations & Alaska Native Research, vol. 4: Article.
  • Collin, Y.R.H. (2017). The relationship between the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the horse: Deconstructing a eurocentric myth. (Doctoral Dissertation). Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Fairbanks.