Michael Kotutwa Johnson is a member of the Hopi Tribe in northern Arizona. Johnson is an assistant specialist from the University of Arizona within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and is also affiliated with the University of Arizona’s Indigenous Resilience Center and Cooperative Extension.
Johnson holds a PhD in natural resources from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University and a BS in agriculture from Cornell University. Johnson is also a co-author on the Indigenous chapter in the Fifth National Climate Assessment. His newest initiative is the call for the restoration of the American Indian food system based on the stewardship principles of Indigenous conservation and land use management schemes. Johnson continues to practice Hopi dry farming, a practice of his people for millennia, and has published in academic journals on topics including Indigenous conservation and land stewardship.