News From Native California Volume 31, Issue 3 | Page 4

contributors 14 Brittani Orona (Hoopa Valley Tribe) is a Ph.D. student at UC Davis in Native American studies with a designated emphasis in human rights. Her work focuses on the history of indigenous environmental justice and centers itself in Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk per- spectives of land, space, and time. Julie Cordero-Lamb is a traditional Chumash herbalist and the founder of the Syuxtun Plant Mentorship Collective, through which knowledge- able practitioners from several Chu- mash tribal organizations develop partnerships with land agencies and work to return health to land and indigenous people. Deborah A. Miranda (Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation of California) is a poet who was born in Los Angeles to an Esselen/Chumash father and a mother of French ancestry. She grew up in Washington State and earned a B.S. in teaching moderate special- needs children from Wheelock College in 1983 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Eng- lish from the University of Washing- ton. She is the author of the memoir Bad Indians, published by Heyday. Bring Back the Good Fires, p. 14 Jared Dahl Aldern has collaborated with Native American tribes through- out California on historical ecology research, cultural burning, water- shed restoration, and educational initiatives. He has taught American Indian history at Palomar College, San Diego State University, and Stanford University. Bring Back the Good Fires, p. 14 Acorn, p. 8 33 Tyler Peyron (Tule River Reservation) received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Institute of Ameri- can Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Water Song, p. 9 Teresa Romero is a traditional Chu- mash practitioner who participates with the Syuxtun Plant Mentorship Collective and has worked on tribal restoration projects in both Michigan and California for nearly twenty years. Bring Back the Good Fires, p. 14 Tima Lotah Link (Shmuwich Chumash) designs News from Native California, but in between issues she takes time to weave, go on adventures, and hang out with elders. And if only she could cook, Tima is pretty sure she’d figure out how to make acorn lasagna noodles. 34 36 2 ▼ N E WS F ROM N AT IVE C AL IFO RNIA Beverly R. Ortiz, Ph.D., is a cultural services coordinator for East Bay Regional Park District, ethnographic consultant, and freelance writer living in the East Bay. Ron Goode, p. 18 Making Magic, p. 10 Lynn Jeffries has been a member of Cornerstone Theater since 1986, and has designed sets, costumes, or puppets for over sixty productions. She has built puppets, dramturged, designed, and puppeteered on numerous projects, including The Mother of All Enemies, The Abecedar- ium, The Adventures of White-Man, and the film Dante’s Inferno. She has also performed solo shadow puppet shows in nightclubs with the neo-vaudevillian folk/jazz band The Ditty Bops. Making Magic, p. 10 Sierra Watt (Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) holds a certificate in indigenous studies and is a political science doctoral student at the Uni- versity of Kansas, where her research focuses on women’s leadership in tribal governments, and managing editor of the journal Native American and Indigenous Studies. Review: Resurrecting the Past, p. 27 Ishmael Elias (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is an active member of the Native American Journalists Asso- ciation. He holds an M.F.A. in Eng- lish from Mills College, a B.A. in