Posts by Matthew Simmons

The Bounty of Tanoaks

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

For many Americans, winter is associated with ham, eggnog and pecan pie, but for the Indigenous Peoples of California winter has traditionally meant acorns.  Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples of what we now call California have consumed this nutritious nut.  But don’t try to eat acorns right off the ground.  The tannins within raw acorns make them toxic if consumed raw.  Thousands of years ago, Indigenous women developed an ingenious system for safely preparing acorns which involves pounding them into a meal and then leaching out the tannins with water. 

Welcome Matt Simmons: EPIC’s Newest Legal Fellow

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

We are thrilled to introduce you all to our newest legal fellow, Matt Simmons. Matt graduated from UCLA School of Law, specializing in public interest and environmental law. Matt worked with the American Civil Liberties Union and interned with the Natural Resources Defense Council before applying for a fellowship with EPIC. Matt recently moved to Humboldt County to pursue this fellowship and we are lucky to have him here. Please welcome Matt to the EPIC Team!