Indigenous Land Rematriation Specialist
Shannon Magee (Luiseño/Cahuilla) is a member of the Climate Science Alliance Tribal Working Group and has participated in the Indigenous Stewardship Pathways Plant Propagation Training. Now the Indigenous Land Rematriation Specialist, Shannon originally joined the team in 2023 as a Climate and Community Fellow working closely with local tribal communities, connecting people with the common goal of safeguarding our communities, human and non-human, from the impacts of climate change. Shannon has worked at Ttawaxt Birth Justice Center, an Indigenous lead nonprofit supporting Indigenous families in Central Washington State. As a Birth Justice Advocate, she lived and worked on the Yakama Reservation, addressing the issue of maternal health inequity. Shannon served as Board Member for Peacekeeper Society, an Indigenous lead nonprofit aiming to provide positive community-building activities such as; storytelling, traditional food events, and medicine-making workshops, as well as providing essentials for families in need. Shannon was a Tribal Ranger for Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. She led guided hikes in the Indian Canyons and enjoyed sharing Cahuilla legends and ethnobotany with visitors from around the world. Shannon's love of nature, especially plant medicines, has taken her on a lifelong learning journey. She has lived and traveled throughout Central America, where she learned to speak Spanish. Her academic studies include; Native American Studies, Anthropology, and Ethnobotany. In addition, Shannon is a Certified Herbalist, a Birth Doula, and Lactation Educator. Shannon is a Pala Tribal Member and resides on the Pala Reservation with her family. She likes going to the beach, sitting by the fire, eating with friends, watching movies, and relaxing at home with her three children.