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Royale Pinassi

Royale Pinassi

University of California–Berkeley

  • Conservation and Resource Studies

Royale Pinassi is a community member of the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation and is majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies through the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. She is currently taking classes that focus on her area of concentration which are cultural conservation, ethnoecology, and tribal food sovereignty. Experiencing these issues as well as being very rooted within her culture has now led her to reclaim these narratives and bring awareness to the vast abundance of cultural knowledge and resources her People have held since immemorial. In doing that, she plans to further her education by working and researching within environmental management as she will be better equipped to stimulate a more unified tribal community as well as advocate for her community’s needs on an academic scale. It is an opportunity collectively for everyone by bridging the gap between traditional ecological knowledge and academic knowledge.

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