Annette Lee is an astrophysicist, artist and the Director of the Native Skywatchers
research and programming initiative. She has over three decades of experience in education as a teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program
administrator, professional visual artist, and researcher.
Designed by Lee, the Native Skywatchers initiative seeks to remember and
revitalize indigenous star and earth knowledge, promoting the native voice as the
The overarching goal of Native Skywatchers is to communicate the knowledge that
indigenous people traditionally practiced a sustainable way of living and
sustainable engineering through a living and participatory relationship with the
above and below, sky and earth.
We aim to improve current inequities in education for native young people, to
inspire increased cultural pride, and promote community wellness. We hope to
inspire all people to have a rekindling or deepening sense of awe and personal
relationship to the cosmos.
Currently Annette is an Associate Professor of Astronomy & Physics at St. Cloud
State University (SCSU), Director of the SCSU Planetarium, and an Indigenous
STEM consultant for Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College. Annette is
mixed-race Native American and her communities are Ojibwe and D(L)akota.
Read more about Associate Professor Lee's work.
Associate Professor Annette Lee's visit to USQ is funded as a Gift of the United States Government.