Featured Native Americans

Harrison Wheatley

Harrison Wheatley

Harrison is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying general agricultural science in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. Before studying agriculture, Harrison said he tried out other majors, but they never stuck. Because he grew up with an agricultural background, general agricultural science is the one that felt right.

After taking a class on each subject, Harrison said that he has been particularly interested in horticulture and agronomy. He has also been looking for internships recently and is exploring his options to prepare for a career in agriculture.

Harrison added that he appreciates the help and resources that the scholarship has given him with the internship search, and with his academic career in general.

“They have offered help finding internship opportunities, because I have been looking for one,” he

said. “They have helped make sure I have all my classes for next semester because it’s pretty important that I get the classes I need in order to graduate, so that was pretty helpful.” He plans on graduating from the University in Spring 2021.

“I really enjoyed my education [at the University] and hopefully in the spring I’ll be bringing it to

an end and graduating, and then going on to find a job in the agricultural field,” he said. “With this scholarship, I’m hoping that at least it’s something where I’m able to give back to the Native American community.”

Haley Quintanilla

Haley Quintanilla

Haley is a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying rangeland management in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. An enrolled member of the Karuk tribe in Northern California, she was originally drawn to forestry, but after taking a class on rangelands, she said the subject spoke to her. She later grew to love Nevada’s open ranges even more after working with the Nevada Conservation Core.

“I always thought that [rangeland] was not as exciting as forests, but I worked for a conservation crew and we did a lot of work in the Pine Nut Mountains,” she said. “I realized that it’s more than just sagebrush. There’s these little hidden oases and creeks, and there’s so much diversity...there’s more to it than I assumed.”

She said the scholarship has had a considerable influence on her education, due to how much of a financial help it was. In addition to helping monetarily, she also mentioned how it has enriched her academic career. Because of the resources it provides, she has been able to receive additional support that has helped her succeed in her classes.

“Dan...our counselor, he’s really awesome. He’s always checking in on us and making sure we have everything we need,” she said. “I had taken a class, but it was honestly super confusing and I wanted something I could study and do on my own or do one-on-one with someone, and he was able to get back to me the same day and give me those resources.”

She adds that the scholarship and the extra help has helped her prepare for her future, including getting help with applying for an internship with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She hopes that after graduation she can put all of her skills to use, and work full-time at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the division of Natural Resources. Eventually, she also said she’d like to return to her reservation and work there.

“Taking this education I’m getting now and going back there, and being a part of my culture again is really important to me.”

Lance Owyhee

Lance Owyhee

Lance is a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying forest ecology in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. Initially drawn to ecology as a whole, he is still exploring what he wants to specialize in, but knows it will have something to do with conservation.

“I was mainly heading toward ecology, just for the natural conservation and resources department,” he said. “I kind of want to branch out and have another major in wildlife ecology and conservation...somewhere in conservation is where I want to be right now.”

Although he has not reached out for help yet, Lance said he plans on taking advantage of the scholarship’s mentorship program more in the future. He added that it was nice knowing he could receive additional support if needed.

“It’s a pretty good stepping stone for a lot of indigenous kids starting out and getting their education,” he said. “This scholarship really does help me a lot in knowing that there [are] resources within [the University] that I can use.”

In the future, he hopes to turn his passion for conservation into a career. He wants to work with different tribes in California or Nevada as a part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department or with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Mineral County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Emm, S. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, County Report FYI 2020
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