Arielle Quintana is 2016 Udall Scholar

Arielle Quintana is a proud tribal member of Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. She is studying Rangeland Ecology with a concentration in Restoration Ecology at Colorado State University.

Quintana's goal is to attain an education that will help her restore damaged and degraded lands within her reservation's jurisdictional and ancestral domain. While gaining knowledge and experience in developing and implementing restoration projects, Quintana shapes her education to be culturally relevant so she can integrate the cultural values and customs of Cochiti Pueblo in her projects.

Quintana wants to help her tribe and surrounding pueblo communities restore damaged lands and reestablish healthy, sustainable habitats and ecosystems in the Southwest.