Vanessa Esquivido (enrolled Nor Rel Muk Wintu, also Hupa and Xicana) is a Ph.D. candidate in Native American Studies at UC Davis. She graduated from Sac State in 2011 with her BA in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Native American Studies. Her research focuses on California Indian Nations, Native Women, Environmental sovereignty, NAGPRA, and Northwestern California Indian Basketry. Her dissertation focuses on a tribal ethnohistory of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu and their struggles to obtain federal recognition. Much of her work is rooted in activism in the urban Native communities.