Irenia Quitiquit, Board President (Robinson Rancheria, Eastern Pomo)
Irenia Quitiquit established the Environmental Program in 1996-2003 and served as the Tribal Coordinator for the California Bay Delta Authority (CBDA) from 2003-2006. Her role with CBDA involved working with California Indian governments, Indian organizations, and other tribal groups to identify communication needs and develop materials that inform tribal interest of CALFED water project-specific plans, projects, activities and their potential effects on Tribal trust resources and tribal government rights and concerns. As Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians Environmental Director, Irenia works on capacity-building of the Tribe’s environmental programs in the areas of water quality, wetland protection, water sampling, GIS/GPS mapping program, cultural resource management, air quality, watershed, land use practices, solid waste management, environmental codes and ordinance compliance, pesticides, Recycling CRV Buy-Back Center (state run), Tribal Transportation Plan, Emergency Response Plan Program, and Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan Program. Irenia is the recipient of the USEPA 2002 Conner Byestewa Award recognizing her efforts of strengthening tribal self-government and improving human health and the environment within Indian Country and the USEPA Wastewise Award for her recycling programs efforts in reducing the waste stream of tribal offices, tribal homes, and tribal businesses.
Faith Gemmil, Board Vice-President (Neets’aii Gwitch’in Athabascan from Arctic Village, Alaska/Pit River Nation)
Faith Gemmill, a Pit River/ Wintu and Neets’aii Gwich’in Athabascan from Arctic Village, Alaska, is a campaign organizer for REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands). Faith previously worked on behalf of the Gwich’in Nation for over ten years as a representative, public spokesperson and Gwich’in Steering Committee staff to address the potential human health and cultural impacts of proposed oil development and production of the birthplace and nursery of the Porcupine Caribou Herd which is located within the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Faith continues as a public spokesperson, press and tribal liaison and human rights advocate. Faith is a current field representative of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC). In this capacity Faith has represented the Gwich’in Nation within appropriate mechanisms of the United Nations to advocate for the recognition of Gwich’in human rights as well as work for the rights and recognition of Indigenous Peoples. Faith also serves on the advisory board of Honor the Earth.
Corrina Gould, Board Treasurer/Secretary (Ohlone)
Corrina Gould, born and raised in Oakland, CA, is the Title VII Coordinator and Manager of daily programming at American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland. She is also the Co-Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small non-profit that works on Indigenous people issues as well as sponsoring an annual Shellmound Peace Walk to bring about education and awareness of the desecration of the sacred sites in the greater Bay Area. Corrina sits on the Native American Committee for the American Friends Service Committee, the Board of Directors for the Oakland Street Academy Foundation, and spends much of her free time volunteering in the American Indian community.
Meyo Marrufo began working with her tribe in 1999 as a cultural resource assistant in the environmental department. Since then, she has held grant positions of NAGPRA Assistant, NAGPRA Coordinator, Environmental Coordinator, and then Environmental Director for Hopland Band of Pomo Indians and currently the Environmental Director for Guidiville Rancheria. As a Director, Meyo has managed/developed environmental programs including oversight and expansion of a Tribal Recycling Center, Inter-Tribal Recycling Pilot Project, Waste Water and Drinking Water Plant, working with Federal and state agencies to implement staff programs in Clean Water, Tribal Roads, Solid Waste Management, Inter-Tribal Agricultural Project, Alternative Energy and Education/Outreach. As a Tribal Environmental Programs Director, Meyo has received the USEPA Conner Byestewa Jr. award in 2009 and 2013. Currently, Meyo is seated as a Central California representative for USEPA on the regional Tribal Operations Committee and as the California Representative for the USEPA National Tribal Caucus.