Gaughen Named Pala Tribe’s Environmental Director

Fallbrook Bonsall Village News 11.25.10
Gaughen Named Pala Tribe’s Environmental Director

Shasta Gaughen

PALA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians recently announced that Shasta Gaughen, the current Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Pala, has been selected to be the Tribe’s Environmental Director. 


"The issues the Pala EPA tackles are a passion of mine, particularly our battle to save Gregory Canyon and stop a landfill from being built in a sacred location," said Gaughen. "I’m very excited to continue my work for the Tribe in this new position." 


Gaughen has worked with the Pala Band since January of 2005, beginning as the Assistant Director of the Cupa Cultural Center. She was appointed to her current post as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer in August of 2009. Prior to working with the Pala Band, Gaughen earned her Masters in Anthropology from San Diego State University. 


Gaughen also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University. Her PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico will be awarded in 2011. 


"We’re very lucky to have such a talented individual on our staff," said Pala Chairman Robert Smith. "Shasta has done an excellent job over the last five years. We are looking forward to her contributions as the director of the Pala EPA." 


The Pala EPA is the environmental arm of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and is responsible for the Pala EPA Geographic Information System Program which provides highly technical support to other EPA programs including the Pala EPA Pesticide Program which monitors pesticide use in accordance with the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act, and Pala EPA Air and Water Programs which strive to maintain clean air and water for the community and environment. The Pala EPA is also working to save Gregory Canyon from a proposed landfill. 


A current resident of Escondido, Gaughen teaches cultural anthropology and human origins as an adjunct professor at California State University, San Marcos.

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