Irenia Quitiquit, Board President (Robinson Rancheria, Eastern Pomo)
Irenia Quitiquit is the Environmental Director for the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians located in Lakeport, California (Lake County) with offices also located in Contra Costa County, CA. Irenia identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA community and is married to her partner Chris. From 1995-2009 Irenia developed and established the Tribal Environmental Program for Robinson Rancheria. Irenia is the recipient of two awards, the USEPA 2002 Conner Byestewa Award recognizing her efforts of strengthening Tribal self-government and improving human health and the environment within Indian County and the 2002 US EPA Wastewise Award for her recycling programs efforts in reducing the waste stream of tribal offices, tribal homes and tribal businesses. As the Environmental Director, Irenia continues her work on capacity-building of the Tribes environmental programs in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, Clear Lake water quality, fish monitoring & tagging, watershed restoration, development of environmental ordinances, GIS/GPS mapping, pesticide regulation, emergency response management, update Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan, cultural resource management and collaborative partnership on local environmental projects. In 2009, the (5) Lake County Tribes referred to as the Hintil Environmental Resource Consortium (HERC), a grassroots tribal environmental organization that comes together to address county-wide environmental issues, received the USEPA Conner Byestewa Award for their outstanding work on environmental issues and collaborative work.
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, a 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 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 mechanisms of the United Nations to advocate the recognition of Gwich’in human rights and work for the rights and recognition of Indigenous Peoples. Faith also serves on the advisory board of Honor the Earth.
Meyo Marrufo (Board Treasurer and secretary)
As the Environmental Director of Guidiville Rancheria, Marrufo has held grant positions of NAGPRA Assistant, NAGPRA Coordinator, Environmental Coordinator, and then Environmental Director for Hopland Band of Pomo Indians and is the Environmental Director for Guidiville Rancheria. Meyo sits as a Central California representative for USEPA on the regional Tribal Operations Committee and as the California Representative for the USEPA National Tribal Caucus.