Michael Kotutwa Johnson

Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson is a Research Associate at the Native American Agriculture Fund and a Hopi tribal member and traditional dryland farmer. He received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Arizona, and has a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Some of Dr. Johnson’s previous work experience involved agriculture and land related issues at First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) and the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ITLF) and serving as a Natural Resource District Conservationist assigned to the Hopi Reservation for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

A few of his published works include “Barriers to PES programs in Indigenous communities: A lesson in land tenure insecurity from the Hopi Indian reservation” published in Ecosystem Services and “Hopi People of the Land: Sustainable Agriculture on the Hopi Reservation” created for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Dr. Johnson was an Alford P. Sloan Foundation scholar and American Indian Graduate Center STEM awardee while attending the University of Arizona.