This summer I played catch-up! While in grad school I was bogged down with the normal amount of work, reading-writing and of course-more reading. So when my midwife, relatives, and friends would ask me if I was reading What to Expect when Expecting or any other literature regarding post pregnant life, I would feel bad and reply no, I was reading Defying the Odds: The Tule River Tribe’s Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries by Frank, Gayla, and Carole Goldberg, or Bad Indians by Deborah A. Miranda. So this summer I read, googled, interrogated family members, and took classes about how our life was about to change. And let me tell you, I am glad I did!
Hiestum! (Greetings) Vanessa is enrolled member of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation and Chicana. She is a Ph.D. student in Native American Studies at University of California, Davis and received her BA in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Native American Studies at CSUS. Her focus is on Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), cultural patrimony, Native Americans in higher education and Native American language revitalization programs concerning Northwestern tribes.