Indigenous People’s Day

Chokma EPSS!

Saholchifoat Karen Yeager! Chickasaw Saya!

Please take a moment to appreciate and honor Indigenous People’s Day! First and foremost, I would like to send out my respect to the Tongva people, whose land UCLA and many of us reside on! Furthermore, I would like to show my appreciation to Elouise Cobell from the Blackfeet tribe as a Cobell Scholar for the 20-21 school year, and my last year as an undergraduate student in the EPSS department! Lastly, I would like to share a summary about the history of my own tribe, the Chickasaw Nation:

My people are unconquered and unconquerable! We stand firm and strong on our lands and progress every day! Some might recall our history through the trail of tears, our Choctaw brothers and sisters, or the war we won against the Spaniards led by De Soto. We are historically known for our fierce warriors and gift of negotiations. Modernly we are known for our substantial business especially in the Chickasaw Industries, one of the best companies to work for! We are resilient and our nation is fruitful! To learn more, visit our cultural website at

Few of my past professors in this department have had an opportunity to try the Chickasaw Nation’s mouthwatering chocolate, Bedre Fine Chocolate. To order some today visit

Happy Indigenous People’s Day everybody!


Karen Yeager

University of California, Los Angeles | Class of 2021 | Geology B.S.

Undergraduate Researcher | Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences