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Ty ithreeha Allen
Ty ithreeha Allen

Hi! My name is Ty'ithreeha Allen and I am a sophomore at HSU majoring in Child Development and minoring in American Indian Education. I am Karuk and Yurok, and have lived in Humboldt County my entire life. I love being outdoors doing things like going on hikes, gardening, and swimming in the river during summertime. While in school I try and work with the community as much as possible, whether in be helping out at the local garden or coaching a youth basketball team. After graduating from Humboldt, I plan on opening up my own childcare facility and working to develop programs for Native youth that incorporate traditional practices and knowledge.

Brissa Christophersen
Brissa Christophersen

Welina mai, ‘o Brissa Christophersen ko’u inoa, a he Hawai’i au no ka moku o Maui  (Hello, my name is Brissa Christophersen and I am a Hawaiian from the island of Maui). I am a fourth year Wildlife (Conservation and Management) and Fine Arts double major. I am the eldest of three sisters in my ‘ohana and my ʻaumākua is the moʻo. I’m passionate about native Hawaiian endangered species conservation, especially when it comes to birds. During the summer I enjoy going back home to Maui to do conservation internships and spend time with my family. Here in Humboldt I enjoy hiking, going to the marsh, and painting in my free time. After HSU, I plan to return back home and pursue my career as either a wildlife biologist or scientific illustrator, or both!

Loowyza Colegrove
Loowyza Colegrove
Amelya Madrigal
Amelya Madrigal
Sloan McKelvy
Sloan McKelvy
Joelle Montes
Joelle Montes

Hey! My name is Joelle Montes (she/her). I’m a Yaqui scholar here at HSU representing as a first generation college student. I started off here as a freshman studying Fisheries Biology, minoring in Native American Studies. But after three years, I dropped Fisheries and changed my major to NAS with an emphasis in Language & Literature. I am much happier now that I can focus my energy on Indigenous issues and the power and resilience it fuels, while still connecting to my own roots. I specifically am interested in decolonizing language- critiquing how we speak/present truth, especially from an Indigenous lens. I hope to work for my tribe one day, helping our youth. Meanwhile though, I’m helping around here, so stop and say hi if you’re around!

Kayah Ray
Kayah Ray

Hi, my name is Kayah Ra, and I am a freshman at HSU and majoring in Geology. I’m a member of the Yurok Tribe, but I’m also Karuk, Hupa, Wailaki, Concow, and Pomo. I lived in Del Norte County all my life, and I’m first generation college student. After college I plan to work with my tribe.

Charley Reed
Charley Reed

Ayukîi (Hello), naníthvuy uum (my name is), Charley Reed. I come from the Karuk, Hupa and Yurok people of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. I am currently in my senior year of my undergraduate career, majoring in Native American Studies, while also earning a minor in Recreation Administration. By learning these two disciplines, I plan on giving back to my local tribal community by incorporating indigenous knowledge, values and practices with recreational activities for local, tribal youth. In my spare time, I enjoy spending my free time, hanging out with my friends and family. Some activities we like to do together are, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and gathering traditional foods.

OliviaRose Williams
OliviaRose Williams

Ayukii, I am OliviaRose A-TSA-Tonega-a Williams and I am a double major in Native American Studies and Environmental Science & Management. I am Karuk/Pit River/ Wintu on my dad’s side and Paiute/Shoshone on my mother’s side. I enjoy hiking, language, and weaving/gathering with family. “No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense.” ― John Trudell