My connection to the protection of Mother Earth goes back many generations. I belong to one of the strongest matriarchal indigenous nations and it is my inherited right to honor our indigenous kinships with Mother Earth. I always carried these cultural roots deep in my heart and consequently, when it came to studies, I decided to study marine and environmental sciences. Receiving a Bachelor’s in Marine Science (emphasis in biomechanics + fisheries) and dual Master’s degrees in Marine Affairs and Forestry have allowed me to expand my scientific knowledge with courses, internships, and research. They have also allowed me to comprehend the importance of integrating indigenous and scientific knowledge to promote a healthier environment. Since I want to continue bridging the gap between environmental sciences and collaborative work with Indigenous communities, I currently completed and defended my Ph.D. at the University of Washington (UW)—College of the Environment.