Desiree Wetz

Desiree Wetz (Juaneño/Luiseño/Cahuilla) lives on the Pechanga Reservation with her family. She spends most of her time with her family and community on the reservation—volunteering to help educate Indigenous children on traditional practices, plant uses, gathering of native materials, and basket weaving. Oral history is an important part of her culture, and she uses writing to carry on this tradition. Desiree aspires to encourage positive self-reflection among the youth in her community, and through her writing, show all children positive examples of Indigenous peoples in an effort to create a more accepting and informed society.