Preservation, Tribal Relationships and Having Fun with Desiree Martinez


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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!
On today’s episode, we talk with Desireé Martinez, a Tongva Tribal Archaeologist and the President of Cogstone Resource Management, about Preservation, Tribal Relationships and Having Fun. Read her full bio below.

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2:25 Shout outs

4:13 Nic and Laura discuss leadership and employee retention

11:55 Interview with Desiree Martinez starts

13:22 Desiree discusses preservation of Native American sacred and cultural sites

17:00 Desiree talks about the importance of tribal relationships

30:48 The relation of Desiree's work to NAGPRA

38:10 Desiree's idea of having fun

41:11 Outro

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Guest Bio:

Desireé Reneé Martinez is a Tongva Tribal Archaeologist and the President of Cogstone Resource Management. She has dedicated her life to obtaining skills and knowledge to combat the wanton destruction of Native American sacred and cultural sites, especially those of her community. Ms. Martinez received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Anthropology from Harvard University. She is a co-Director of the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project, and her field of work is to remind the Southern California community of the Tongva’s vibrant heritage and continuing contribution to the Southern California region.

Music Credits

Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa

Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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