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Emmanuel Yera, PhD

Like many kids growing up in the 90s, I can remember the first time I played a computer game. My elementary school had an Apple II, where we played The Oregon Trail. It seemed magical and I was curious about what was inside the case, making pixels appear...
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Craig Love, PhD

Sometimes you realize that there are certain moments in your life that influence you in a profound way. For me, one of those moments came when I was in junior high, and I saw a picture of an Indian doing a Sun Dance. Although I am Southern Arapaho,...
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Clifton Poodry, PhD

I was born in Buffalo, New York, on the Tonawanda Seneca Indian reservation. Growing up on a reservation, poverty was a part of the fabric of life. The reservation didn’t have running water until few years ago. The housing conditions were poor, and...
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Carmen Nappo, PhD

When I was a kid, I loved going to the movies with my uncle. During the 1950s, science fiction films became really popular. They had titles like Teenagers from Outer Space or When Worlds Collide. Even though these movies may have been far-fetched,...
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Gilbert John, PhD

I grew up on the Navajo Reservation in an area called the Four Corners region, where the borders of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado come to a single point. My home, which we did not own, was company housing; my dad worked for an oil company...
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Ken Ridgway, PhD

The greatest inspiration for my career as a geologist was the relationship my family and I had with the land while I was growing up.  I was raised in rural New Jersey, but my life was not what you would expect.  I’m a Lenape (Delaware) Indian, and...
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Jerrel Yakel, PhD

My family comes from the La Jolla, Pauma, and Rincon reservations, and my tribes are the Luiseño and La Hoya. I grew up in an urban area of Ventura County in southern California called Camarillo. I am about 3/8 Native American, and what I know about...
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