Valerie Goodness


Clemens Hall

American Studies
vggoodne at buffalo edu

Research interests


Personal statement


My name is Valerie Goodness. I am Tsalagi mixed and French Canadian Metis. I came to SUNY Buffalo from Oregon State University where I received my MS in Natural Resource Sustainability, my focus being in Traditional Ecological Knowledge. I have been very involved in Native American causes including human rights and environmental justice issues. I am currently a PhD student in the American Studies program where I work with an interdisciplinary team on watershed restoration issues. I hope to bring TEK as a collaboration with western science on environmental issues for I believe that inclusion of multicultural thought brings answers to questions in solving global ills peacefully. I am a single Mom of three sons and I enjoy playing Native flute and reading during my spare time.
My favorite quote is by Arundhati Roy: "Either way, change will come. It could be bloody, or it could be beautiful. It depends on us."

Family is everything


  • AAOT:  Environmental Science, Lane Community College

  • BS: Natural Resource Sustainability, Oregon State University

  • MS: Sustainable Natural Resources, Oregon State University


Goodness, V. (2013, April). Traditional Ecological Knowledge fostering Native American perspectives to promote healthy watershed ecosystems. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Indigenous and American Studies Storytellers Conference, Buffalo, New York.

Goodness, V., Lambert, D. & Whiteway, S. "Interdisciplinary evaluation of a wetland enhancement project for the Tuscarora Nation." Poster presented at 2012 NSF IGERT Trainee Video & Poster Competition (online) (2012, May).