Ciarra Greene is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) culture and traditions emphasize environmental stewardship and drives Ciarra’s academic, professional, and personal endeavors. She has her BS in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University (2012), where she researched environmental transport and stabilization of uranium on the Navajo Reservation, and completed internships with the Nez Perce Tribe, Dept. of Energy (Hanford), EPA, and Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals. Previously she was employed at the Arizona Science Center as STEM instructor, the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division (Wetland Program Field Assistant and Water Resources Specialist), and Wisdom of the Elders (Educator and Workforce Development Coordinator). Currently Ciarra is pursuing her MS degree in Science Teaching at Portland State University, actively participates in the Portland Parks and Recreation Native American Community Advisory Council, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
“The earth is part of my body I belong to the land out of which I came. The Earth is my mother.”. “I have heard this quote since I was a young kid; I learned to understand and appreciate it as an adult. Learning and sharing how our ancestors traditionally lived holistic, healthy, and sustainable is foundational in promoting the sacredness of our local and traditional environments. Conservation is essential in continuing to practice our traditions.”
Ciarra was selected to participate in SHIFT’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2016.
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