My name is Mervin Wright Jr. I grew up on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in Nixon, Nevada. I am an enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. My paternal grandparents are Lena Mauwee and Paul Wright, and my maternal grandparents are Ruby Mose (Te-moak) and Donald Ridley (Washo).
I attended college in California for seven years; first at Lassen Junior College in Susanville and then I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture Engineering from California State University at Chico. I earned a Masters Degree in Hydrologic Sciences in 2006 from the University of Nevada at Reno.
I have been sober for 30 years (1988) and free from drug use for 28 years. I understand the perils of impaired thinking and the damage drugs and alcohol causes to individual responsibility, and it is the primary reason why I choose to avoid alcohol and drug use.
My primary interest is preserving indigenous knowledge with protecting Native traditions. My professional interest includes tribal water rights, environmental protection, and the legal tenets of sovereign authority.
My other interests include organic agriculture and gardening, beading, supporting educational pursuit.
It is important to understand the points of view of everyone interested in progressing with meeting a challenge facing our Native People. The responsibility of conduct is an important aspect for communicating interests of tribal representat