Professor Lori Laiwa Thomas, BA, MA (California-Davis)

Lori Thomas
Office: Race 4010

Lori Laiwa Thomas is an Indigenous scholar, knowledge and cultural knowledge keeper, Pomo language teacher/learner and public speaker, of Boya, Shanelo, Kashaya, Mashuumak, Little Lake (Pomo), Coast Miwok (Tomales Bay), Huchnom (Potter Valley) and European lineages. She was raised on the Point Arena side of the Manchester Rancheria located in Mendocino County and is an enrolled citizen of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians. 
Her messages focus on storytelling, Indigenous languages, California Indian history, Indigenous knowledge systems, supporting youth, traditional land stewardship practices and healing inter-generational and inter-cultural trauma. 
She blends undergraduate studies in Native American Studies at University of California Davis, graduate work about Native Americans of North America at University of California, Davis, and the indigenous worldview she grew up with to inform her perspectives and solutions. Her presentations are conveyed through Indigenous pedagogy. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of California, Davis in Native American Studies with an emphasis on North America—Stories of the Land, Stories of the People: Connections Between People and Place in Central Pomo Territory.