Who We Are
Staff & Interns
SCS Advisory Board
is made up of tribal leaders, fisherman, educators and scientists from the watersheds we work in.
Chief Caleen Sisk
Caleen Sisk is the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. Caleen's leadership started in 2000 and has focused on maintaining cultural and religious traditions of the Tribe and has led the revitalization of the Winnemem’s H’up Chonas (or War Dance) and BaLas Chonas (Puberty Ceremony). She advocates for California salmon restoration; healthy, undammed watersheds and the human right to water. She has received international honors as a sacred site protector and leads the tribe’s resistance against the proposal to raise the Shasta Dam.
Morning Star Gali
Morning Star Gali is a member of the Ajumawi band of the Pit River Tribe in Northeastern California and a Leading Edge Fellow. Morning Star formerly worked as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pit River Tribe. She served as a volunteer and advocate on behalf of Indigenous incarcerated tribal members in California and worked with a number of Indigenous-led grassroots organizations in the Bay Area for over a decade. Morning Star leads large-scale actions and assists with organizing Native cultural, spiritual, academic, and political gatherings throughout the state. She has been the lead organizer since 2006 for the prominent “Thanks-taking” sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz island.
Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy
Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy is a Hoopa Valley Tribal member and is the Department Chair and a Professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Her research is focused on Indigenous feminisms, California Indians and decolonization. She received her Ph.D. in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Literary Research from San Diego State University. She also has her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. She is a 2011 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow and an American Indian Graduate Center Fellow. Her recent book "We are Dancing For You" has won
Allie Hostler is a Hoopa Valley Tribal member. She is the editor of the Two Rivers Tribune and the former Communications Director for the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Fisheries Department. She received a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in 2009 and graduated from the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute in 2005.
Marva Jones is an enrolled Dee-ni' (Tolowa) citizen, Yurok, Karuk and Wintu of Northern California and fortunately comes from the villages of Nii~-lii~-chvn-dvn and Mvn'-sray-me' along the Smith River and the villages of Wausek and Weitspus along the Klamath River. Sii~xuutesna comes with a myriad of professional practices, experience and tribal community-building expertise. Sii~xuutesna attended Humboldt State University with an emphasis in Political Science and Native American Studies. Marva continues active participation and strategizing in ensuring language survival and maintenance, and strong traditional/cultural values.
Brittani Orona is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Davis in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Human Rights. Brittani completed her Master of Arts in Native American Studies at UC Davis in 2018 and her Master of Arts in Public History at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) in 2014. Brittani is interested in repatriation, federal Indian law, cultural resources management, indigenous environmental justice, and history as they relate to California Indian tribes. Brittani has worked at the California State Indian Museum, the California State Office of Historic Preservation, National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC, California State Archives, and the Maidu Museum and Historic Site.
Malissa Tayaba is the Vice-Chairperson of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. She is also the Director of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Her work includes: sharing the ways aboriginal territory and its natural resources have historically been, and continue to be, utilized and tended to by Nisenan and Miwok people and bringing cultural activities back into the tribal community, such as basketry, traditional song and dance, ceremony, land stewardship, and language revitalization. Before becoming TEK Director, Malissa spent six years as a Cultural Researcher and ten years as Director of Social Services. She is a member of the Delta Conveyance Project Stakeholder Engagement Committee and a member of the Delta Protection Commission’s National Heritage Area Management Plan Advisory Committee.
Sammy Gensaw is a Yurok fisherman and youth activist who has gone around the world fighting dams and displacement of natives. He is the director of Ancestral Guard and is on the board Nature Rights Council.
Tom Stokely retired in 2008 after serving 23 years as a Principal Planner with the Natural Resources Division of Trinity County, where he focused on Trinity River and Central Valley Project salmon and steelhead restoration. He was appointed by the Interior Secretary to represent PCFFA on a federal advisory committee for the Trinity River Restoration Program and served as vice-chairman and chairman until the Trump Administration dismantled the committee.
Danielle Vigil-Masten is the former chairwoman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Ms. Vigil-Masten worked in the Hoopa Education Department/JOM Cultural Department, Recreation, Hoopa Development Fund, Hoopa Planning Department, and was the Tribal Administrative Assistant to the Chairman Clifford Lyle Marshall. She served on various committees such as the Hoopa Election Board, Hoopa Enrollment Committee, Tribal Employment Rights Office Board of Commissioners, and Stop the Violence Board of Directors. Danielle worked in Washington D.C. as the Administrative Legislative Aid to the President of National Congress of American Indians (Susan Masten). Danielle works with the Ninisaan (Nonprofit) 501 (c) (3) program and established the "Momma Bear Project" for healing from Generational Trauma's. She also assists families with legal services in the Hoopa and Yurok Tribal Courts.
Javier Silva is a Tribal Member with the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo. He resides in Fort Bragg and has worked for Tribes for over 20 years in Environmental Planning and Management. Javier promotes utilizing traditional ecological knowledge and is an advocate for sustainable management of the environment.