I grew up in various neighboring cities in Southern California’s Inland Empire- mainly within the unceded territories of the Serrano, Gabrieleno-Tongva and Cahuilla peoples. I am proud to be a sister to my three siblings, each of us raised by a strong mother. My hunger for education led me to Humboldt State University where I originally pursued Fisheries Biology and Native American Studies. After almost three years, I decided to narrow my focus and obtained my BA in Native American Studies with an emphasis in Language & Literature, and Minor in American Indian Education. All throughout, I was heavily involved in my Department and the Native community on campus. One major highlight of my time there was having the opportunity to work on the Ka’m-t’em Indigenous Knowledge video production, a project that’s purpose was to advocate for testimonial justice through storytelling and the need for educators to take a multidimensional-thinking approach in the classroom. I am immeasurably grateful to those who have supported me throughout my journey and would like to say an extra special thanks to the Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) for being like another family to me. All these experiences have not only ignited a fire within me to be proactive in social and environmental justice and peace but have led me to understand, embrace and celebrate my own complex identity. It is my intention to continue learning and engaging in positive work that leaves behind beautiful possibilities for future generations. I am so honored to be the Coordinator of Native Cultures Fund and work alongside such good, friendly people who are leaders in the community.