Richelle Thomas

PhD Student, The University of Arizona Department of Environmental Science

United States

Yá'át'ééh (Hello).
My name is Richelle Thomas and I am Diné (Navajo). As is customary in Diné we share our clans to develop kinship amongst our relatives and with everything amongst us. My clans were given to me in the proceeding order and they are Ta’neeszahnii nishłí (tangle clan), Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá báshíshchíín (zuni edgewater), Tó’aheedlííníí Naakai dine'e dashicheii (the people of the waters flow together clan), Kiyaa’áanii dashinalí (towering house clan). My maternal family is from Coalmine Mesa, Arizona and my paternal family is from Indian Wells, Arizona. I received my B.S. in Biology with a minor in chemistry and my M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy degrees from Northern Arizona University (NAU). I am currently attending the University of Arizona, where I am a PhD student. It is my every intention to be a competent, effective, consistent, and productive leader for my Diné people.


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