Meet Ellen Sanders-Raigosa – New IAC Natural Resource Program Assistant

Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott, Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) Natural Resource Director, is thrilled to announce that Ellen Sanders-Raigosa is joining the IAC team as the new IAC Natural Resources Program Assistant.

“Ellen’s passion for helping, and willingness to listen, makes her the perfect candidate for this position,” said Ducheneaux-Scott. “She brings with her a diverse set of experiences with our organization and an optimistic mindset about the future. I look forward to working alongside her in her new position.”

Sanders-Raigosa is from the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and grew up in Pecwan, Calif. She is a graduate of the University of California – Davis where she recently completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Planning with an emphasis in conservation management. She also minored in Native American Studies.

Sanders-Raigosa first began working with IAC in 2017 when she joined the natural resources internship program. During her internship, she was able to develop multiple Tribal partnerships centered around restoring traditional plants. For the last two years, she has continued working with her community and others in California to restore traditional plants to their ancestral territory.

“When I first joined the IAC internship program, I was able to participate in the Native Youth in Food and Agriculture regional and national summits,” she explained. “These summits coupled with the work I had been doing in the Pacific Region exposed me to Indigenous land stewards all over the country. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with many amazing land protectors, stewards, and producers who inspired me to continue my path in Indian agriculture.”

“I have a passion for working with traditional foods, plant propagation, and working to restore Native lands and I am excited at the opportunity to continue fostering these passions in my work with IAC,” Sanders-Raigosa said. “In my new role, I am looking forward to forging new relationships and working to support the important work of our Tribal producers. What I am most excited about in joining IAC is the opportunity to be a part of an organization that shows up for Indian country and works tirelessly to support and uplift our people."

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