Author: Beth Macinko | Published: July 1, 2022 | Category: Profile
The 2022 Tribal Stewards crew is in the desert! For a third summer, a motivated group of Indigenous young adults is working on conservation projects around Oregon’s high desert lands as part of a partnership between ONDA, Northwest Youth Corps, and tribal and federal land management agencies. The program was created to give tribal youth paid hands-on experience completing conservation projects and exposure to a range of natural resource fields and land managers.
The 2022 crew is led by Jevon Kindelay and Andrew Mike, with crew members Kiari Bullhead (Standing Rock Sioux), Joseph Dixon (Oglala Lakota), Alyssa James (Diné), Cyrina Kessay (White Mountain Apache Tribe), Dylias Jose (Colorado River Indian Tribes), Sylvester Juan (Tohono O’odham), Malik Martinez (Okanogan Colville), and Amare Ortega. The crew members are all students at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem and are spending five weeks working on conservations projects with ONDA partners. Working in different places and seeing the varied scenery of Oregon has been a highlight for the crew, who come from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and North Dakota.