Ciarra Greene is a citizen 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, She gained post-bacc experience 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). Ciarra earned her MS degree in Science Teaching at Portland State University (2019), and was recruited for her current position as Native Environmental Science Faculty at Northwest Indian College – Nez Perce. Ciarra was elected to the American Geophysical Union Council as the Early Career Representative (2021 – 2023), serves on the AGU Council Leadership Team, and the Indigenous Action Subcommittee. She is the founder of Sapóoq’is Wíit’as Consulting (2021), is the Cultural Curriculum and Workforce Development Coordinator for Nez Perce Tourism (2021), and the co-coordinator for the Indigenous Speaker Series which amplifies voices of Indigenous people and promotes a dialogue about Indigenous people’s cultural and traditional lived experiences.
Project Description – The Indigenous Speaker Series is currently a webinar series organized by Ciarra Greee, MS (Northwest Indian College – Nez Perce) and Michelle Montgomery, MA MPP PhD (University of Washington – Tacoma), featuring dialogues about Indigenous people’s cultural and traditional lived experiences. The Series provides a platform for Indigenous discussions about living (working, studying, researching, and educating) in modern society while honoring our longstanding relationship and responsibility to our homelands, communities, and ancestors. The Series has drawn participants from around the world to engage in discussion about climate, traditional food sovereignty, cultural and traditional practices, human health, all with foundations in sustainability, resilience, and dedication to future generations. Expanding the Series into a podcast and publishing a book are our current goals with the support of the AGU Sharing Science Grant.