Kimberly Johnston-Dodds, M.P.A., M.A.

Kimberly Johnston-Dodds is an historian and policy analyst. She has worked with Indigenous peoples in California, New Mexico and internationally for over two decades in various capacities within California state government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Kimberly also has 17 years of professional experience in legal research, writing, and policy analysis. Kimberly is frequently invited to speak about California Indian history, federal Indian law and policies, and collaborative processes for traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) use. Her expertise extends to government-to-government relations on the state and federal level, and her historical and policy research has been utilized in federal and state government, tribal, and academic forums. She holds a Master of Public Affairs in environmental and social justice policy from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Bloomington, Indiana, and a Master of Arts degree in Public History from California State University, Sacramento.

Deborah Cismowski

Deborah Cismowski is a retired reference and research librarian with 16 years of experience in public and special libraries in California. Most recently, she was the History Librarian/Historical Records Officer for the California Department of Transportation Library & History Center until January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree, both from San Jose State University.

Marta M. Knight, M.A.

Marta Knight holds a Master of Arts in Public History from California State University Sacramento (2005), and has a professional background in litigation support with an emphasis on water rights and land use. She assisted Kimberly Johnston-Dodds with research and digitization of primary documents for the California Research Bureau’s California Indian Historical Research Project, and wrote content for The History Channel’s “This Day in Presidential History” website module. Marta is currently a contract historical researcher and archivist for public and private entities.

Chris Kuzak, M.A.

Chris Kuzak is an Architectural Historian with the California Department of Transportation. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Philosophy from San Francisco State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Public History from California State University Sacramento. Chris has been professionally engaged in research on topics related to California history for fifteen years.

Sarah Supahan

Sarah Supahan is County Superintendent of the Trinity County Office of Education in Weaverville, CA. Sarah has been in the education field since 1986. Prior to her current position, she served in several rural school districts in four different counties of Northern California in the following positions: Indian Education and Native Language Director, Karuk Language Instructor, English and Social Studies Teacher, Principal, Charter School Director and District Superintendent. Sarah is the author of multiple publications and curricula highlighting Native Language instruction and Native history. She is the parent of three Karuk Tribal members, and grandparent to multiple grandchildren. She lives in Burnt Ranch, California.

Michelle Trujillo, M.A.

Michelle Trujillo holds a Master of Arts in Public History from California State University, Sacramento (2020). Her thesis project examined the Japanese American history of Florin, California, through archival photographs housed at the Japanese American Archival Collection at CSUS. The resulting book, Images of America: Japanese Americans of Florin, was published in January 2021 by Arcadia Publishing. Michelle was an inaugural 2019 California State Library Foundation Kibbey Fellow whose research article, “Loans, Land, and Labor: The Farm Security Administration’s Reappropriation of Japanese Farms” was published in the California State Library Foundation Bulletin (2020, Number 127). Her article, “Make the World Familiar: Native Americans and Acts of Engaged Resistance,” was published in the Nash Award-winning Spring 2018 edition of Clio. Michelle is also a photographer and videographer.

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