Vincenza Parella, the project assistant, is a recent UMass Amherst graduate with a degree in Journalism and a certificate in Native American Indian Studies. She is very passionate about using story telling to communicate messages that might not otherwise be heard, whether through print, social or multimedia. She has worked on the Massachusetts Native Trails Project with Dr. Jean Forward and is currently running communications for the Native Americans of New England institute. While at UMass Amherst she received a ceremonial blanket for her dedication to the Native American Indian department. Vincenza is also part Aquinnah Wampanoag, one of the tribes in New England.