Brook  M Thompson

Native American Scholar 


AISES Nationals 2020 Speech

Oregon Governor Kate Brown LNG Meeting

Speaker at: Ending Racism in PPS and Public Education in Oregon (2019)

Yurok Newsletter January 2018

Senator Ron Wyden Tweet

Girls Who Code: Digital Album 

I was on the Sisterhood Council with other young women to help with consulting on the album. 

"This is a generation of girls showing up for something bigger than themselves. Sisterhood is a digital visual album of nine tracks celebrating young women driving our most transformative.

Girls Who Code is proud to present SISTERHOOD, a digital visual album celebrating sisterhood and empowering girls. Together, in sisterhood, we win together and lose together. We love to celebrate our biggest and smallest wins. This track, titled "Celebration", is a compilation of shout outs, big moments, and epic dance moves that commemorate the incredible things girls and women can do. Our accomplishments speak volumes to the impact we can have on the world. 

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does."

Girl who Code Social Media:


Rouge Climate No LNG DEQ Comment Event: Opening Speaker

Medford, Oregon 

August 17th, 2018

"Days before a critical public comment period closes, 200 community members gathered in Medford today to urge the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to deny Clean Water Act permits for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. Speakers at the rally include Chairman Don Gentry & Councilor Perry Chocktoot from the Klamath Tribes; impacted landowners Bob Barker & Bill Gow; Shady Cove City Councilor Linda Kristich; Stuart Warren, owner and guide at “Stuart Warren Fly Fishing”; Brook Thompson indigenous youth leader from the @ancestral_guard; Patricia Bellamy from the Oregon Nurses Association @oregon_psr; Jacob Lebel, Douglas County resident and one of 21 youth plaintiffs in the landmark Juliana v. United States climate lawsuit supported by @youthvgov; and Taylor Tupper, Klamath tribal member."

-RougeClimate Instagram

Winds of Change Magazine 


The Native American Leadership Program (NAPLP)

  • Newseum (January)
    Newseum (January)
  • Carrie Adams (January)
    Carrie Adams (January)
  • The U.S. Capitol (January)
    The U.S. Capitol (January)
Newseum (January)
Newseum (January)

"The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. NAPLP is made possible by a generous grant from AT&T.

NAPLP scholarships are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in politics. Students from all tribes and from every part of the United States are welcome to apply. There is no application fee for those applying for the NAPLP scholarship."

-NAPLP Website

I am spending time in Washington D.C. from January to May 2018 interning on the hill and taking political science classes at night

The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)  Sequoyah Fellowship Facebook Post

"The AISES Lifetime Membership program was named in memory of Sequoyah, the great Cherokee Indian who perfected the Cherokee alphabet and syllabary in 1821, resulting in the Cherokee Nation becoming literate in less than one year.  In this spirit, AISES Sequoyah Fellows are recognized for their commitment to ’mission in STEM and to the American Indian community. They bring honor to AISES by engaging in leadership, mentorship, and other acts of service that support the students and professionals in the AISES family.

The Sequoyah Fellowship offers individuals a symbolic way of embracing the spirit of Sequoyah. Individuals that make a one-time membership payment of $1,000 or more to AISES become Sequoyah Fellows."

-AISES Website

I was awarded a Sequoyah Fellowship at the 2017 AISES National Conference in Denver, CO. I am very thankful for this honor and will continue to work to improving the number of Natives in STEM. This photo was taken at the honoring ceremony where Don Motanic, a mentor of mine who placed the medal on my head as I was blessed by two elders. 

Panelist at The Climate Action Team sponsored "Water is Life" Discussion on the Oregon LNG Pipeline 11/16/17

New Zealand Education Department Post 11/1/17

Portland State "U Belong" Advertisements 

Above: Poster in the Native Center at Portland State

Below: Page E12 of the Sunday September 17th 2017 Oregonian 

American Indian Graduate Center (AGIC) Student of the Month

Presenter at the City of Portland and Public about Native American Misconceptions, Facts, and Water Rights 

Approximately 50 people showed up across bureaus, and members of the public attended. 

Opening Speaker at the Women of Color Speak Out Event

University of Auckland Study Abroad 2017 Magazine

Brook Thompson, USA

"I am from the Yurok and Karuk Native American tribes in northern California. The Yurok tribe is California’s largest, with nearly 5,000 enrolled members. I chose to study abroad at the University of Auckland through IFSA Butler to see firsthand New Zealand’s story with indigenous peoples. I knew of similarities between some Māori and Yurok traditions, such as women’s chin markings. I really wanted to learn more about the culture’s past history and how they are dealing with the problems that affect the majority of indigenous people today.

"I’m particularly interested in the revival of the Māori language, and see parallels between the struggles of Māori and those of my own people to preserve our language. My late grandfather was one of the last native speakers of the Yurok language and had a profound impact on me. He really supported my decision to pursue a university degree. One thing that stands out for me from my time at Auckland was when I learnt about tactics used to take land from the Māori people during colonisation. This made me very sad, but only made me more passionate about learning the Yurok language.

"I picked “Māori World View” as one of my courses because I strongly believe that you should know the people of the land you are in. One of the highlights of my time at Auckland was being hosted on a local marae (Māori meeting house) and learning more about Māori culture. I loved hearing the stories behind the carvings, as well as eating fried bread since we have fried bread in my tribe too.

"I was also attracted to studying in Auckland because of the cultural diversity on campus, and I wasn’t disappointed. In my experience, schools in the US are mainly white students, but in New Zealand I befriended students from China, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, and of course New Zealand.

"My teachers were great, in fact three out of four were phenomenal. I found myself talking to them each day after class, they were approachable, very helpful and kind. I liked how organised all the buildings are on campus – they all have numbers so it makes it really easy to find classes and meeting spots. I also like the Student Commons building in the middle of City Campus, it is a great place to study, get some tea, or go shopping for school books. In my spare time I used the gym which was great, and I also joined the Tramping (hiking) Club. Another stand-out experience was taking a self-defence class at the gym – it was awesome!"

Brook Thompson is a Gates Millennial Scholar from California, United States. She is studying Civil Engineering at Portland State University.

Portland State Advertising (Street Car)

100 Days 100 Voices

Pacific North West Stands with Standing Rock Speaking Event 1/28/17

Reclaim your Power

Indigenous Peoples Day: Standing with Standing Rock (Panelist)

The PSU Native American Student and Community Center proudly presented its annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration with a panel discussion from local activists who have recently returned from Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock. I was one of three main panelists who talked about our experience at Standing Rock. 
(There were so many people that showed up to this event, there were those who had to sit on the floor. We were also featured on a Portland radio station).

Smith Memorial Hall Poster at Portland State University

Trystan Foundation

This in addition to multiple other videos I participated in and radio segments I helped with in Portland that I will update this page with at later times.

Wellness Stock Photos

National Education Association

Portland State Advertisements

Front Page of Portland State's Website

Besides twitter I have also been mentioned on Portland State's Instagram account

ASCE: Concrete Canoe

I was on the profile picture for the PSU Civil and Environmental Engineering page

Features on Facebook

Yurok Newsletter April 2016

Portland State Magazine Article 

MLK Day at Highlands Church 2016, Bill of Rights 

University of Auckland Study Abroad Student Profile

ASCE Concrete Canoe Idaho Regional Competition: (KPIV 6)

Portland State Website Article:

7th Generation Fund: Save the Salmon, Protest Video

Stand for Children Video

Brook Thompson’s life has been touched by poverty, alcoholism, and the loss of her grandfather and role model, Archie Thompson.  Archie was one of the last native speakers of the Yurok tribe. School has always been a place for Brook to shine. Her pride in her heritage and her passion for the environment have inspired her to pursue a degree in environmental engineering.

Yurok Tribe Newsletter Article:

Picture in Newsletter from 2012 Youth Trail Crew