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Nizhoni Tallas

Indigenous Stewardship Fellow

Nizhoni returned to the Climate Science Alliance team as an Indigenous Stewardship Fellow in 2024. As a fellow, she worked with the Alliance’s Director of Community Resilience Althea Walker to support the Tribal Working Group and Stewardship Pathways programming. We look forward to welcoming her back to the team—this time as a staff!—in fall of 2024.

Learn about Nizhoni's 2022 internship here.

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 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. She is also passionate about increasing Native representation in outdoor recreation and STEM fields. She was a Udall, Gliman scholar and a Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science Engineering Society (AISES). 

Nizhoni Tallas
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