Indigenous Stewardship Coordinator
Marlene' Dusek comes from the Payómkawichum, Kúupangawish, and Iipai Kumeyaay people and grew up on the Rincon Reservation. She is an Indigenous queer woman, cultural practitioner, weaver, traditional foods and medicines practitioner, cultural burner, language learner, teacher, master food preserver, and community member who has always been in a relationship with the land since she was a child and stewarded in various ways using methods of Indigenous cultural management and TEK. She graduated from Cal Poly Humboldt with her Master's in Environment and Community with an emphasis in Indigenous Natural Resource Management. She also graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management with an emphasis in Planning and Policy and a minor in Native American Studies, with a focus on Federal Indian Law. Marlene’ is also a professor at Cal Poly Humboldt in the Native American Studies Department where she teaches the Food Sovereignty Lab course. She also is currently working for the Rou Dalaguur Food Sovereignty Lab and TEK Institute as the program coordinator.