Our work centers around not only land liberation, but is founded on the tenets of mutual aid, community defense, emancipation through education, and solidarity with underestimated brilliant, and often marginalized populations.
We are committed to mental health and wellness, dismantling systems of oppression, and reclaiming our lands, languages, ways of knowing, and stewardship of our waterways and natural resources. By investing in Indigenous folks and communities of the global majority, we cross the threshold of liberation together.
Janet MacGillivray, J.D., LL.M. (she/hers) Co-director
Janet is a social change community activist who founded Seeding Sovereignty birthed at Standing Rock to amplify the role of Indigenous knowledge and to de-expert and diversify the environmental movement. Janet is a former whistle blower.
At Seeding Sovereignty, Janet advocates for systematically oppressed communities, women and species to stop chronic environmental, cultural, racial and economic injustices and to support regenerative community led solutions. She directs climate justice work and associated Divest/Defund, Meet the Frontlines, Land Sovereignty and No Pipelines to Plastic campaigns as well as our plaintiff status in the landmark rewilding litigation against the federal government.
Together these work to protect our warming planet home, safeguard our precious water, stop violence to women and girls, end industrial animal agriculture, redistribute resources, and safeguard our remaining and sacred lands for future generations. Janet also co-organizes Seeding Sovereignty’s nationwide rapid response COVID Indigenous Impact Community Care Initiative – recently approached by FEMA to support 59,000 Indigenous children – that works with and for Indigenous communities and unsheltered relatives.
Janet of Muscogee (Creek) heritage recently beat cancer again and continues to dedicate her life work to her daughter, all children, her many specied-teachers and to future generations so they may have thriving lives on a healed planet.
Eryn Wise (they/she) Co-Director, Communications & Digital Storytelling director
Dáanzho! Eryn Wise shizhi. Abáachi shi, Kawaik’a shi, maangaani ashti’. Ollero shi didé ashi Loosi ee shi ghá. Hello, my name is Eryn Wise. I am Jicarilla Apache, Laguna Pueblo. I am from the Ollero people (white clan) and I am from Dulce, NM.
Eryn comes from and is accountable to the Jicarilla Apache Nation (Ollero Clan) and Pueblo of Laguna (Village of Paguate, Roadrunner Clan). They are our Communications and Digital Storytelling Director working to interweave our projects, people, and platform to amplify our collective’s commitments to our communities, in addition to all our triumphs. Their own seed project is a reclamation of narratives of people of the global majority through storytelling.
S.A. Lawrence-Welch (she / they) the kakichihiwewin project director
Tanshii, S.A. dishinikashoon. Niiya Nêhiýaw pi Michif. Treaty 6 dooschin, Clackamas, Kalapuya, Chinook la tar (Portland, Oregon) niiwiikin. Mon famii shinicashoo LaRance, Anderson, pi Gardippie.
S.A. is a Métis / Displaced Néhiyaw Indigenous Advocate, Organizer, Speaker, Activist, Artist & Writer.
Their main focus of work has been on the lasting damage the Residential School System, Indian Boarding Schools & The 60’s Scoop left on First Nations people. They are an advocate for community gathering and cultural connection as a form of healing trauma.
S.A.’s goal is to see Indigenous representation and leadership in historically and presently non-Indigenous spaces.
Madeleine MacGillivray (she/her) Indigenous Impact Community Care Initiative - Mask Assistant, Climate & Policy Fellow
Madeleine is of Muscogee (Creek) heritage and is a lifelong climate activist and one of the original federal youth climate plaintiffs.
As a microplastics specialist holding a degree in Environmental Policy from Columbia University, she connects issues of water, fossil fuel, divestment, and sustainability.
She works to communicate complex issues with creativity, compassion, and empathy.
Kourtney Dunning (they/them) Land Defense and Community Liberation Director and Communications Assistant
Kourtney is Tigua Pueblo, Xicanx, y German. They are third gender using they/them pronouns.
They have organized around police brutality, migrant justice, and mutual aid with the intent to build community power in place of carceral systems.
They are a self-taught artist and work creatively through a variety of mediums. They practice navigating community organizing through a queer, abolitionist lens in the spirit of all their ancestors.
mayam garris (they/them/theybie) Land Steward at Ancestral Acres Farm
they have been farming consistently for the past 5 years, but they originally started farming with my grandmother in Monroe, NC. they owe it all to her, she is the one that brought them into this blossoming practice and responsibility.
they consider themselves a land steward, in deep loving relationship with the land, people, water, and animals. their love for life has brought them into farming. they are proud to pursue their first ever farming adventure as Ancestral Acres Farm and Garden in loving relationship with Seeding Sovereignty.
they hope to be growing food with Queer/Trans Community that is centered around QTIBIPOC joy, liberation, curiosity, and play!