Dianne Kier is an enrolled member of the White Earth Mississippi Chippewa Tribe in northwestern Minnesota. She is a student at the White Earth Tribal Community College in Mahnomen, where her field of study is in Environmental Science.
Dianne has been involved in the Nibi Water Preservation project with the NASA/Kiksapa Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer internship program through the White Earth Tribal Community College, researching wild rice. Her 2011 research involved wild rice and aquatic vegetation on one of the largest wild rice producing lakes here on the White Earth reservation. She presented her results in San Jose California at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference as well as the FALCON conference in Denver, Colorado in Oct 2011.
She was asked to help the White Earth Natural Resources Defense Council in the development of a wild rice permit system for the White Earth Nation. With the support of the NASA/Kiksapa program, she presented the results of her research at the 2012 SACNAS conference in Seattle Washington and the FALCON conference in Albuquerque New Mexico.