Ke shii ‘e Lori Laiwa, ‘aa Shoqawah ke. Lori is an enrolled member of the Hopland Pomo Band of Pomo Indians and raised on the Manchester/Point Arena Rancheria located on the central California Coast. Her indigenous ancestry includes Kashaya Pomo, Balokai Pomo of Potter Valley, Yokayo Pomo, Coast Miwok, Aleut and Peruvian heritiage. Lori received her AS degrees in Business/Accounting at Mendocino College and a BA in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. Lori is currently a PhD student in Native American Studies at University of California Davis.
Her research interests include California Indian History, Pomo Tribal Histories, Native Community Activism, Contemporary Affairs, Native Language Documentation and Preservation, Native Language Curriculum Development, Digital Storytelling, and Oral Histories.
sllaiwa [at] ucdavis [dot] edu
Lori Laiwa received the Dean's Prize for Best Oral Presentation, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies for her presentation Ya Hintil Ha Janon: We Are Speaking Our Language: Unsung Heroes of Language Documentation and Preservation Projects within Central Pomo Language Speaking Communities."
Lori Laiwa was featured in The Campaign for UC Davis for her work advancing public service. Read more here.
“My research has not only empowered me, it has inspired other members of my family and other native people to document and conduct research about their families.” - From the Campaign for UC Davis Article
Lori Laiwa was also featured on the UC Davis "Discover What Matters" website talking about her work with the Pomo language and the JP Harrington Project.