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Person Details: Karletta Chief

Superfund Research Program

Karletta Chief

University of Arizona
Department of Environmental Science
P.O. Box 210038
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0038
Phone: 520-222-9801


Hazardous Waste Sites

Dine College, Shiprock, NM

  • University of Arizona: Community Engagement Core

Dine College, Tsaile, AZ

  • University of Arizona: Community Engagement Core

Gold King Mine Spill

  • University of Arizona: Community Engagement Core
  • University of Arizona: Research Translation Core

Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter

  • University of Arizona: Community Engagement Core

Tohono O'odham Community College

  • University of Arizona: Community Engagement Core


  • Chief K, Arnold RG, Curley A, Hoover J, Kacira M, Karanikola V, Simmons-Potter K, Tellman E. Addressing food-energy-water insecurities of the Navajo Nation through university- community collaboration. In: Water Resources Impact January 2021. pp.31-33.


  • Clausen RJ, Chief C, Teufel-Shone NI, Begay MA, Charley PH, Beamer P, Anako N, Chief K. 2023. Dine-centered research reframes the Gold King Mine Spill: Understanding social and spiritual impacts across space and time. J Rural Stud 97:449-457. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.12.021
  • Van Horne YO, Carroll S, Chief K, Lothrop N, Richards JR, Begay M, Charley PH, Ingram J, Beamer P. 2023. Using environmental health dialogue in a Dine-centered approach for individualized results reporting in an environmental exposure study following the Gold King Mine Spill. Environ Res 231(Pt.2):116196. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2023.116196 PMID:37211184 PMCID:PMC10411314
  • Van Horne YO, Chief K, Charley PH, Begay M, Lothrop N, Canales RA, Beamer P. 2023. A community-based health risk assessment following the Gold King Mine Spill: Results from the Gold King Mine Spill Dine Exposure Project. Expo Health doi:10.1007/s12403-023-00583-8


  • Chief K, Petersen N, Massaro TM, Tulley N, Tulley-Cordova C, Vold J. 2022. Respectful Tribal Partnership: What philanthropy can learn from the Navajo Nation's collaborative response to the COVID-19 crisis. Found Rev 14:doi:10.9707/1944-5660.1611


  • Teufel-Shone NI, Chief C, Richards JR, Clausen RJ, Yazzie A, Begay MA, Lothrop N, Yazzie J, Begay AB, Beamer P, Chief K. 2021. Development of a culturally anchored qualitative approach to conduct and analyze focus group narratives collected in Dine (Navajo) communities to understand the impacts of the Gold King Mine spill of 2015. Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(17):9402. doi:10.3390/ijerph18179402 PMID:34502003 PMCID:PMC8430777
  • Van Horne YO, Chief K, Charley PH, Begay M, Lothrop N, Bell ML, Canales RA, Teufel-Shone NI, Beamer P. 2021. Impacts to Dine activities with the San Juan River after the Gold King Mine Spill. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 31(5):doi:10.1038/s41370-021-00290-z PMID:33526814 (ahead of print)



  • Chief K, Emanuel R, Conroy-Ben O. 2019. Indigenous symposium on water research, education, and engagement. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 100:doi:10.1029/2019EO114313


  • Chief K, Meadow A, Whyte K. 2016. Engaging Southwestern tribes in sustainable water resources topics and management. Water (Basel) 8:350. doi:10.3390/w8080350
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