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'O'lemoh, (Come in!):

My name is Brook Thompson and I am a Yurok & Karuk Native and a Ph.D. Student.

About me:

I am a Yurok and Karuk Native American from Northern California. I am a 2nd year PhD student at UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies. My thesis is about how to integrate Indigenous knowledge into California Water Policy better. In 2022, I received my Master's from Stanford University in Environmental Engineering, focusing on water resources and hydrology. In 2020, I graduated from Portland State University's Honors College with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Political Science.

Currently, I work as a restoration engineer for the Yurok Tribe. I have interned for the City of Portland, the Bureau of Environmental Services, The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, West Yost Associates Engineering, the California Water Resource Control Board, and Save California Salmon. I am a 2022 Native Journalism Award Winner, UNITY 2020 25 Under 25 Recipient, a 2017 Undergraduate AIGC Student of the Year Awardee, and Gates Millennium Scholar, among other honors. 

My goal is to bring together water rights and Native American knowledge through engineering, public policy, and social action. Current fights for me include undamming the Klamath River, Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Children (MMIWC) awareness, supporting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and encouraging women and Natives in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and mathematics (STEAM) fields. 

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