Last Friday we invited one of our own alumni, Jordan Skye Paul ‘05, back to Lafayette Campus to speak to our students on Native American Heritage Month. Jordan received her Bachelor’s in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2010. She later went on to work for Facebook as a Data Analyst and she is currently a Product Operations Manager at Pinterest. As a proud enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribe, she has served the Native American community in various roles. One of those roles was Executive Assistant to CEO of the Friendship House Association of American Indians.
During her talk, Jordan discussed her visit to Standing Rock during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016. She shared pictures and videos of the protestors while touching upon the importance of preserving Native land, especially the water. She mentioned the Lakota tribe phrase “Mni Wi’coni” which translates to “Water is life” and went on to say how humans are connected to the water and every other resource of the earth. One of the most important lessons that students took away from her talk was that they should get to know the land in which they reside. She encouraged them to continue to hold conversations on this subject matter and to learn about specific groups they would want to volunteer for. For those interested in supporting Native American matters, Jordan recommends two Bay Area organizations: Native American Health Center and the Friendship House Association of American Indians. For those who would like to come to our campus to speak to students, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.