Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation. She is the Suzuki Foundation Knowledge and Climate Change Fellow, a solar power community advocate, and activist to end the epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. She has written numerous articles on the tar sands and produced short documentaries on water issues and Indigenous cultural revitalization.
Having grown up in the oil sands region, she witnessed firsthand the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now spends most of her days traveling inside Canada and around the world to share her family’s stories and realities with a larger audience.
Anisha Desai most recently served as Director of the New Leaders Initiative (NLI) at Earth Island Institute, which raises the profile of young emerging environmental leaders in North America and provides them with skills, resources, and relationships to lead effective campaigns and projects. The NLI also confers the Brower Youth Awards, the premier North American awards honoring bold young environmental leaders. Anisha has a long history of work in youth leadership and social justice, and was formerly the Executive Director of the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland and the Program Director of United for a Fair Economy in Boston.
She graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in Human Development and Psychology, and from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, English Literature and Secondary Education.
For over nine years, Layha Spoonhunter has been a strong advocate for American Indian youth. A member of the Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota, he has been inspired to lead others by learning about the great chiefs and warriors like Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Washakie and Black Coal.
Spoonhunter served in 2008 as the youngest Native American delegate for then Senator Obama. He danced in the 2009 and 2013 naugurations of President Obama representing both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes.
Kyp Malone is a multi-instrumentalist and member of the bands TV on the Radio, Rain Machine, and Ice Balloons. His lyrics racism, corporate America, and politics and humanity.
In 2016 he visited Standing Rock. Later that year, he organized two musical events - Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, California - and gathered an all star line up of incredible artists to raise awareness and support for Seeding Sovereignty and other organizations.
In 2017 he created a viral film meme to Free Red Fawn. Kyp continues to use his music and art to support numerous social justice causes.
An enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe located in North Dakota and South Dakota, from the Oetci Sakowin Nation of the bands of Ihunktonwana, (Upper Yanktonais) Pabaska (Cuthead) and Sisseton Dakota on my Father’s side, Hunkpapa, Sihasapa (Blackfeet) and Oglala Lakota on my Mother’s side of the family. Founder of the Sacred Stone Camp started April 1, 2016 with the resistance of the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement on Standing Rock. The global resistance Water Protectors movement to protect water around the world.
Attended Standing Rock Community College Fort Yates North Dakota, transfer to Black Hill State College in Spearfish South Dakota, transfer to University of North Dakota (UND), Graduated in 1990 from the University North Dakota (UND) with a BS in history/Indian studies, attended UND Graduate School for historical research until 1992. I started working for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in cultural preservation planning as the Cultural Preservation Planner in 1993, developed the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in 1996, and worked in historic preservation for five years then transferred in to the tourism field in 2003 with the Lewis and Clark Bi-centennial Event. The Tribal Advisor for Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Events. The past Director Tribal Tourism for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from 2003 to 2016 and worked in the field of tourism and Historic Preservation since 1993I have worked in the office of tourism since 2003. I have greeting visitors to Standing Rock from 42 countries in the last 20 years now. I have worked with ATTA-Alliance of Tribal Tourism since 1993 as the past and current vice-president and marketing manager. President of North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance (NDNTA) which was formed in 2010. The Executive Board of The American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association, Treasurer and Plains Representative of American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) been a member of (AIANTA) from 2001 to 2017. The past Section 106 Coordinator for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 2015-2017. Partnered with the Sitting Bull College with the development of the National Native American Scenic Byway compiling the historical research for the site on Standing Rock. In 2005 Standing Rock became a National Native American Scenic Byway. In 1997, developed the Tatanka Ohitika Historic Tour throughout Standing Rock, given historic tour to International groups since 1997. Developed historic signage along the National Byway which is extend across Standing Rock 2.3 Million acres. We have done site development along the Byway including Sitting Bull Grave sites. We have developing the Sitting Bull Visitor Center which opened May 2013. Taught a historical lectures hours every two week at Sitting Bull College 2016-2017.
Compiled the history of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for the last 25 years, including battlefields, sacred and ceremonial places and done the historical research for different projects and the history of the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota people. Complied all the genealogy for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and compiled a data basis of the genealogy of the Standing Rock Sioux people which includes other area tribe’s genealogy, genealogy conference on four other reservations. A Historian Consultant for Little Big Horn, Killdeer Mountain and the Tribal Historic Preservation offices. I worked as a researcher in many book, including “Crazy Horse” by Kingsley Bray, “Inkpaduta” by Paul Beck, to name a couple of books. 2016 standing up for the water across the world and Mother Earth.
Katheryn Erbe is an actress, role model, and substance abuse mentor for Indigenous youth who strive to be alcohol and drug free. She offers her honesty, experience, and compassion, and has been a supporter of Indigenous communities, and youth leadership for years.
Katheryn is best known for her starring role as Detective Alexandra Eames on the NBC/USA Network series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. After graduating from New York University, Katheryn joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has starred in many of their productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire and The Grapes of Wrath, that won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Play. She earned a Tony Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in The Speed of Darkness. She has starred in films including What About Bob?, Stir of Echoes, Rich in Love, and the independent films Dream with the Fishes, Love from Ground Zero, and Entropy.
Linda Black Elk
Linda Black Elk (Catawba/Mongolian) is an ethnobotanist and science education instructor at Sitting Bull College. Her research and activism focuses on fighting extractive industries that destroy our water, air, soil, and plant foods and medicines.
Linda is also the Director of Traditional Medicine at the Mni Wiconi Clinic and Farm on the Standing Rock Nation. The MWCF is a free, integrative medicine clinic focusing on decolonizing the healthcare system.
Linda currently lives on the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation with her husband and three sons.
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes is a leading Psychologist with a long term practice in New York City. She works with both adolescents and adults and is a renowned expert in the field of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes has been a trauma expert for national disaster first responders including 9/11 World Trade Centers, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is a charter member of the Division of Trauma Psychology of The American Psychological Association and has been appointed to the Committee of Disaster Response. She is currently working on setting up remote video trauma relief counseling programs.
Amanda is a documentary filmmaker and activist whose mission is to fight against exploitative corporate power structures and help put the planet back into healthy balance. She produced the documentary, The Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four that follows the federal conspiracy trial of four anti-war peace activists using civil disobedience. She directed the documentary American Psychosis based on an interview with Pulitzer-prize winning Journalist Chris Hedges about modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion. It has screened in film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards and was most recently nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival in London.
Robert Kennedy Jr.
Robert Kennedy, Jr. is an environmental lawyer, activist and President of Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit focused on grassroots preservation and protection of waterways worldwide.
In 2016, he joined thousands of concerned citizens and Native Americans from numerous tribes at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In May of 2010, he was named a "Hero for the Planet" by Time.com for his work with Riverkeeper, helping to restore the Hudson River. Kennedy has written ten books, including two The New York Times best-sellers, and three children’s books. His articles have appeared in anthologies of America’s Best Environmental Writing, Best Science Writing, Best Crime Writing, and Best Political Writing for his article “Crimes Against Nature” published on November 24, 2003 in Rolling Stone.
Paula Horne-Mullen is an accomplished traditional Dakota singer and artist. She has been involved within the heart of the Indigenous rights movement for over 20 years, organizing the Run to Pipestone, the Thanksgiving Feast and is one of the original graduates of Red Schoolhouse and a subsequent board member.
She continually meets with Tribal Nation’s Councils and Chairmen to encourage Youth and Elder participation in honoring their local sacred sites. She has led outreach and communications with world-renowned peace leaders. As a mother of 8 children and 3 adopted children and 9 grandchildren, she leads a full and active life.
Her passion continues to be working with youth and teaching them the importance of their participation in creating a better future and environment. She feels by teaching these responsibilities, they will become enlightened by their own contribution in spirituality, self-identity, and self-esteem.
Kip Andersen’s awakening as a filmmaker came as a result of the groundbreaking climate change film An Inconvenient Truth. After seeing the film, he dramatically changed his lifestyle and believed he was doing everything he could to help the planet. But his life took a different direction when he found out animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and environmental destruction. His film "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" exposed how the environmental movement has ignored the role corporate animal agriculture in harming our water, land and air. His second film, "What the Health" highlighted the same for food and the role that corporate America plays in keeping us uninformed.
Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association, Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is one of the most influential labor activists of the 20th century and a leader of the Chicano civil rights movement.
In 1955 Huerta began her career as an activist when she co-founded the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization (CSO), which led voter registration drives and fought for economic improvements for Hispanics. She also founded the Agricultural Workers Association. Through a CSO associate, Huerta met activist César Chávez, with whom she shared an interest in organizing farm workers. In 1962, Huerta and Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), the predecessor of the United Farm Workers’ Union (UFW), which formed three year later. Huerta served as UFW vice president until 1999.
Despite ethnic and gender bias, Huerta helped organize the 1965 Delano strike of 5,000 grape workers and was the lead negotiator in the workers’ contract that followed. Huerta was the driving force behind the nationwide table grape boycotts in the late 1960s that led to a successful union contract by 1970.
In 1973, Huerta led another consumer boycott of grapes that resulted in the ground-breaking California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, which allowed farm workers to form unions and bargain for better wages and conditions. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Huerta worked as a lobbyist to improve workers’ legislative representation. During the 1990s and 2000s, she worked to elect more Latinos and women to political office and has championed women’s issues.
Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is a writer, historian, and an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. His research engages colonialism and Indigenous histories, with a focus on decolonization, environmental justice, anti-capitalism, and the Oceti Sakowin. In 2014 Estes’ co-founded The Red Nation, an organization dedicated to Native liberation. His work with The Red Nation focuses on advocacy for unsheltered relatives, abolishing police violence, off-reservation discrimination, anti-extraction campaigns, and Indigenous youth organizing.
Dr. Rupa Marya
Rupa Marya, Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, urges us to radically re-envision and expand our concept of medicine to encompass and address the health impacts of poverty, racism and environmental toxicity.
Dr. Marya has been working to make visible the health issues at the nexus of racism and state violence through: her medical work; The Justice Study (national research investigating the health effects of police violence on Black, Brown and other disenfranchised communities); helping set up a free community clinic for the practice of decolonized medicine under Lakota leadership at Standing Rock (the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic); and international outreach with her band, Rupa and the April Fishes.