For 27 years, Susan Masten
has advocated for the rights of Native People in her
community and across the nation.
life of public service began when she
was elected one of the original Presidents of the Native American Student Association at Oregon State University
After graduation, she
returned home to the Reservation and found herself on the front lines of the salmon wars, a battle to protect her
people's natural resources, cultural identity, tradition and fishing rights.
was instrumental in securing the Yurok's rights to the Klamath River Basin, which were reaffirmed in her
uncles' U. S. Supreme Court case Mattz v. Arnet.
Susan Masten is the founder and Co-President of Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) 2004, and she is also a founding member of the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods High School, which will open its doors to students in the fall of 2005 in Klamath, California.
, Susan Masten
is active in traditional Yurok practicesincluding fishing on the Klamath River and caring for her
family's basket collection and dance regalia.
lives with her
husband, Leonard, and has a son, Greg and a daughter, Crystal and is the proud grandmother of eight.