At CRITFC since:
Public Affairs Specialist
Office of the Executive Director Department, Portland Main Office
I was born and raised on the Nez Perce Indian reservation. I grew up traveling throughout the Nez Perce homeland with my family on hunting, fishing, and berry-picking trips. These travels instilled in me a strong sense of place and a dedication to preserving the environment. This was only increased when I saw the dedication to cherishing and protecting the environment of the people of Norway when I lived there for two years. (I think I can safely say that I might be the only Nez Perce Indian who is fluent in Norwegian.)
I got a degree in Conservation Biology, which involved a lot of field studies along waterways in Utah and how essential water is, especially in deserts. With that degree, I hoped to do my part in helping protect and restore the environment. Today I do this in a roundabout way by combining my understanding of the natural world with my interest in sharing stories to promote salmon and river protection in the Columbia River basin.
I have worked at CRITFC now for 24 years and love sharing the message that salmon and healthy ecosystems are important not only to the tribes, but to everyone who calls this place home.
- B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University, 1997