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Proud to be Indigenous at Nevada

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2020

Nov. 16 Spotlight – Ambrielle Palmer

Year and Major
Senior in the B.A. Psychology Research program
I love Lake Tahoe, fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, and spending time with my family. Being in Northern Nevada, we have plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and visit historical sites.
What does your identity mean to you?
My identity serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our peoples, our culture, our languages. Already as it is we have a disadvantage, many of us are not likely to graduate, let alone achieve any kind of college degree. Our Reservations might be behind your house, but they are a whole new world. I’ve seen how underserved our communities are every day. Our statistics on homicide, suicide, substance abuse, and domestic violence are unheard of.
        I am Washoe and Hopi, I’ve lived in Nevada my whole life. Our home has been passed down through the generations and it has seen nothing but darkness for generations. I’ve watched the substance abuse and violence ravage our lands, and it is tearing families, cultures, and traditions apart. On the Carson Colony, we have a sign that is in front of our gym with the simple message, “Meth Kills”, considering the size of the colony of just a couple of blocks speaks volumes as to where we are at in the battle within our communities. My family was ripped apart by all of those things, as have I watched it happen to others. We need help, but to help we need the professionals to do it, that’s why I’m here.
How has your identity shaped/impacted your experience at Nevada?
My experience at UNR has given me hope and inspiration. I’ve broken through statistical chains to be where I am at today and I will make it my mission to help others do the same.

Nov. 9 – Lance Owyhee

Lance Owyhee

Year and major:
Freshmen (Class of 2024) Forest Management and Ecology Major

Tribal Affiliation:
W. Shoshone (Newe), N. Paiute (Numa) and Navajo (Diné)

My passion is learning my culture and also to get a career in protecting our land.

What does your identity mean to you?
My identity is what connects me to my roots. It also pushes me forward to my goals by letting me know why I am still going.

How has your identity shaped/impacted your experience at Nevada?
My experience at Nevada has been challenging but also helped define who I am by allowing me to meet more people and also connect to other native people at Nevada.