a bit about me:
I am a Yurok and Karuk Native American from Northern California. Currently, I am a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies. In 2022 I received my Masters from Stanford University in Environmental Engineering, with a focus 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 been an intern for the City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services, The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, West Yost Associates Engineering, and the California Water Resource Control Board, and Save California Salmon. I am a Gates Millennium Scholar, UNITY 2020 25 Under 25 Recipient, and a 2017 Undergraduate AIGC Student of the Year Awardee 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, MMIW awareness, supporting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and encouraging women and Natives in STEM fields. At the moment I give public speeches and make artwork to raise awareness on these issues.
Speech: Defending the Sacred: Indigenous-led Environmental Justice Webinar 3
When & Where: Wednesday, September 21st, 2022, Zoom
Open to Public: Yes!
Registration Link: https://www.making-visible.org/environmental-justice-webinar3-sliding-scale
We hope you will join us for our next webinar of the series, which will be led by Brook Thompson. We will learn from Brook about the work of the indigenous communities and the fight at the intersection of environmental justice and indigenous self-determination.
This series will be curated by award-winning community activist Brenda Perez. Brenda will open our webinars with an introduction of our speaker, and provide context to the upcoming discussion. We will hear from three indigenous speakers with diverse identities and walks of life, but all fight at the intersection of environmental justice and indigenous self-determination. We will explore the work that indigenous communities are doing to protect mother earth through direct action, fashion, the conservation of ancestral knowledge, and the exploration of identity.
According to Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan proposed to reverse global warming, expanding the amount of land under indigenous-led land management is one of the top 40 solutions to reversing the impacts of climate change by 2050. The benefits of investing in indigenous-led land management include the conservation of biodiversity, reduction in greenhouse emissions, and the protection of indigenous traditions and culture. Indigenous communities have developed techniques to live sustainably with the natural environment without exhausting its resources. Despite colonization, capitalism, and racial injustice, indigenous people continue to be at the frontlines of important environmental justice movements today as the original stewards of this land.
Investing in indigenous self-determination and shifting decision-making power to center indigenous systems of knowledge are vital to the just restoration of our natural and built environments. Additionally, environmental justice is an intersectional issue area, dealing with social, racial, and economic inequities; therefore, the solutions must also be intersectional and center the most vulnerable communities.
“As Indigenous Peoples we understand how we are here as the guardians and caretakers of the soil, land, nature, and life itself. So we want the world to have a better understanding on how to address climate change and some of the ecological challenges that this planet is now having.”
- Tom Goldtooth.
Speech: Lewis & Clark College Deconstructing the Apocalypses: Holistic Approaches to Climate Futures
When & Where: Wednesday, October 19th, 2022, Lewis & Clark College Portland OR
Open to Public: TBD