Let me begin by giving you a quote from Nicole...for it personifies my description of her as 'a desert flower of the Opata people':
" Love Life Where You Are. Always know someone needs your prayers. You are medicine to someone, as someone is medicine to you. You are medicine to plants like plants are medicine to you. Living in harmony is living in a balanced exchange of energy. Do not take more than you need. Always remember to stand up for the Mother who has nurtured you all along. Give thanks and Keep on going, this journey is beautiful."
I met Nicole Yanes for the first time in New York City in April 2015. The unique and widely recognized & hailed (for it's meritorious value) Tribal Link Project Access United Nations training for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Nicole was now entering it for the first time as a student, and I was returning to it as an Alumni to mentor the 1st & 2nd year students. Nicole is also a proud member of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC).
Nicole is a youth delegate and Programs Assistant for the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC). In her personal capacity, Nicole founded a student organization in 2013 called "Light is Life: Food Sovereignty Project." Light is Life utilizes gardening as a means to actualize decolonization and seeks to create Indigenous-centered solutions to unhealthy diets, availability to traditional foods, and cultural loss.
She is from the Opata Nation from Sonora, Mexico...and is also interested in environmental issues and the effects of climate change on traditional food production.
I must admit that I enjoyed being in the company of Nicole, she has that Angelic, soft-spoken voice - yet determined aura and sense of purpose about her, and I found myself happy to receive the positive vibrations she puts out into the universe for all who are receptive to absorb.
I must ALSO admit I had not heard of Nicole's Opata Tribal Nation before, this is some of the info I was able to gather online: