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Meet Climate Science Alliance Indigenous Stewardship Fellow, Nizhoni Tallas

Join us in welcoming Nizhoni Tallas as our Indigenous Stewardship Fellow! We were fortunate to have Nizhoni on the team in 2022 as a Climate Resilience Intern and now she is BACK to support the Tribal Working Group and Stewardship Pathways program. Meet Nizhoni and learn more about her role on today’s blog!

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The Climate Science Alliance is excited to announce that our 2022 Climate Resilience Intern, Nizhoni Tallas, has returned to the Alliance team as the Indigenous Stewardship Fellow! Nizhoni works closely with the Director of Community Resilience, Althea Walker, to support the Tribal Working Group and Stewardship Pathways program. Meet Nizhoni below!

Nizhoni on a sunny rooftop smiling at the camera.

Yá’át’ééh (Hello). Nizhoni is a proud member of the Navajo Nation and grew up in Rough Rock, Arizona. After high school, she attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated with her B.S. in natural resources with an emphasis on outdoor recreation management. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona with her master’s in natural resources. Her master’s work focused on understanding interpretative signage throughout the Southwest region's parks, national monuments, and recreational areas. She analyzed language usage in interpretive signage to see how various outdoor locations shared Indigenous histories and stories. 

She has worked on projects that span Indigenous food, water, climate, and energy systems and is passionate about increasing Native representation in outdoor recreation and STEM fields. Nizhoni is a Udall and Giliman scholar, and a Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science Engineering Society (AISES).


Hear from Nizhoni in these previous blog posts:


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