SEPTEMBER 2021 – Undergraduate

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Emiliano McLane

Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada
Woodland, CA

Wells Fargo, Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund

University of Idaho
Agricultural Science, Communication and Leadership 3.68

Community Service

  • CWI Campus Garden Work Days volunteer
  • Boise Watershed volunteer
  • SEEDS Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge education assistant volunteer
  • Adopt-A-Highway volunteer
  • Earth Day volunteer

Short Bio

Emiliano McLane and is an enrolled member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone of Nevada and a descendent of the Confederated Tribes of Round Valley of Northern California. He is a senior at the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science, Communication, and Leadership with emphasis in plant and soil sciences.

Emiliano is planning on going into a master’s program next fall in either plant science or natural resources. Having been a community member of either his mother’s or father’s reservation for most his life, his upbringings were based on serving my tribal communities. By completing his degree program, he will be bringing home valuable skills to which he will use to better the communities he is from.

As Emiliano has experience managing grants for a tribal community, he will use the tools he has gained to seek opportunities to help tribal communities, especially in agriculture and land use. Emiliano intends to help tribes integrate technology into their land management practices and help other scientists recognize the validity and value of Indigenous knowledge, communicate with each other about sustainable practices; and help develop others build the skills that he is developing so that there is eventually a global network of sustainable communities.

As an indigenous person, Emiliano feels it is his responsibility to help his community and others through science, research, communication, and leadership. Emiliano wants to use research to regain knowledge of our diets and medicines and the importance of those plant species in our ecosystems.

AIGC has empowered Emiliano to go beyond what he thought was possible. “Going into academics there is fear of uncertainty as a first-generation student, and you don’t know exactly where to look for resources” states Emiliano. AIGC has not only helped with financial resources but also support services as he is a member of the Rising Native Graduate program, and he participates, when possible, in the virtual support sessions that are held. Emiliano has also listened in on a couple podcasts. He states that it is empowering to hear that there are other Native students just like you who are facing the same challenges and overcoming them.

It is also empowering to hear from those who have made it through the academic process and to see what they are doing now, says Emiliano. Emiliano has had the privilege of meeting AGIC staff in person and virtually and everyone has been supportive and encouraging. AIGC sets an example of the possibilities that indigenous people can achieve for their people. When he thinks about all the work that is being done in the efforts to support Native students by AGIC, He is empowered by that thought. “AIGC is giving us the power to empower ourselves and in return our communities” says Emiliano. When he sees the AIGC logo he thinks of the power behind it and that empowers him to make a difference in the world by giving back to my communities just as AGIC has.