The Brain Behind Biden’s ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ Push Is Under Sanctions From the Country’s Top Science Board

The Brain Behind Biden’s ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ Push Is Under Sanctions From the Country’s Top Science Board

  • February 6, 2024

Joseph Simonson, Free Beacon

A senior White House official barred from publishing scientific studies or working with the National Academy of Sciences led the federal government’s embrace of “indigenous knowledge.”

In August 2022, the National Academy of Sciences sanctioned Jane Lubchenco, a top White House science adviser, for editing a paper coauthored by her brother-in-law, which was found to include faulty data. The academy—considered the most prestigious scientific organization in the country—determined both the conflict of interest and the approval of inaccurate research to be major ethical violations. The academy retracted the paper and barred Lubchenco from publishing any paper through the organization for five years.

That has not stopped Lubchenco, who did not deny the allegations of misconduct, from exerting influence on national science policy. As deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the environmental scientist oversees a number of federal initiatives, including the push to elevate Native American folk traditions to the level of scientific fact.

Emails obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust via a Freedom of Information Act request and reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon show that Lubchenco was instrumental in producing a November memo directing federal agencies to incorporate “indigenous knowledge” into their decision-making.

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