"I am honored to receive the 2021 Richard Baldes Native American Excellence Fund award from the Biodiversity Institute. This award will help me explain my valuable experiences to the Wind River Indian Reservation tribal members and potential college students. With the help of this award I will be able to travel back to my hometown and hopefully encourage students and tribal members to learn more about mule deer biodiversity and learn how these processes are connected in nature. I will be able to explain the process of transitioning from high school to college and seeking out internships that gave me valuable career tools. I am thankful for all the collaborators along this journey and grateful for all the opportunities that I have received."