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Dr. Brittani Orona

Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University

Brittani R. Orona (Hupa, Hoopa Valley Tribe) received her Ph.D. in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Human Rights from University of California, Davis. Brittani earned her M.A. in Native American Studies from UC Davis, M.A. in Public History from Sacramento State University, and her B.A. in History from Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State University). Her dissertation to manuscript project focuses on Indigenous environmental justice, visual sovereignty, and water rights in the Klamath River. The project addresses how environmental policy on the Klamath Basin relies on narrow definitions of genocide, time, and settler-colonial concepts of ownership to continue Indigenous land dispossession in California.

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