Lauren TwoBraids Howland
YOUTH ORGANIZER FOR TURTLE ISLAND
Lauren is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and has tribal affiliations with the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Navajo Nation and Laguna Pueblo. She was at Standing Rock from August through December in 2016, and one of the founding members of the International Indigenous Youth Council. She has been a dedicated community member organizing runs, events, and recently organized and produced the Frack Off Chaco Canyon Run in June, 2017. As a vocal water protector in frontline camps she will work creatively to build a strong and dependable youth network, and motivate others to stand with communities facing fossil fuel extraction.
With this organization Lauren will build on her communication skills, creating dynamic story based advocacy that explores the need for a just transition and dynamic community led renewable energy projects.
In her work she is inspired by the Young, the Earth and Life.
Decolonizer, Iowa Land Decolonization Project and Land &Body Sovereignty Project
Christine Nobiss from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is Plains Cree-Salteaux of the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is lead organizer, media spokesperson and movement mentor in Iowa and across the nation. She works to inspire community engagement and support via her writing, speakingsocial media messaging and event-based participatory environmental and social justice activism to her extensive network.
“I am a mother who believes in the future integrity of Earth Mother’s environment and in social justice for all. I have been an active member of the environmental movement since childhood, Christine believes that Indigenous sovereignty and knowledge are ways to decolonize both people and the climate.”
Christine graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters Degree in Religious Studies (with a focus on Native American Religion and Culture) and a Graduate Minor in American Indian Native Studies. She has been an activist all her life, and fights for a future for her two small children. She is a force in the movement and has selflessly donated her time to her stand at Standing Rock, Little Creek Camp, Indigenous Iowa and volunteers for other organizations and organizers including Bold Iowa, The Indian Problem, 100 Grannies, White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Braveheart Society, StopETP Coalition, Wiconi Un Tipi Camp, The Possibility Alliance and more.
FOSSIL FUEL RESISTANCE CORRESPONDENT | PENNSYLVANIA &NEW YORK
Lee Ziesche is a writer, documentary filmmaker and millennial fighting for a livable planet. For over three years she traveled around the world to communities on the front lines of extreme energy extraction as the grassroots coordinator for International WOW Company’s award winning GASLAND films. She also did camera and drone work for HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD (2016) and co-produced WHAT MILLENNIALS TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE (2015).
Despite overwhelming science saying we must keep fossil fuels in the ground, the US has continued a massive build out of fracked gas and oil infrastructure. In the model of Standing Rock, a handful of brave folks have founded resistance camps of peaceful and personal environmental protection at their homes and in their communities to stop the construction of new fracked gas power plants and pipelines. Despite the monumental consequences of their actions these camps and innovative tactics garner little media.
To change this narrative, and focusing on women and millennial leaders, Lee will amplify the stories of frontline residents through social media, short films and written articles and on resistance camps in rural America where eminent domain is a key issue, including Camp White Pine, a forest defense camp resisting Sunoco Logistic's Mariner East 2 fracked gas pipeline.
As a millennial filmmaker and organizer, Lee will peer-to- peer mentor other young organizers and skill share to bring new faces and an amplified youth voice to the movement. Lee’s rapid response reporting, incredible social media network and organizing expertise will help facilitate a needed viral information pipeline and a needed network of pipeline fighters –people – to change the narrative, support self-determining women and millennial leaders.
Janet MacGillivray, J.D., LL.M.
Janet is an environmental attorney and social change activist. She founded and directs The Seeding Sovereignty Project birthed at Standing Rock to amplify the role of indigenous knowledge for environmental justice. Janet is a former whistle blower, and has worked in legal and leadership positions at EPA and national and international NGO’s on the interconnected issues of water rights, land and food sovereignty, global trade, climate refugees, environmental health, and the rights of nature. Janet, of Muscogee (Creek) heritage, is a mother who dedicates her life work to the future of all children.
YOUTH VOICE AMPLIFIER
Eryn Wise comes from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Laguna Pueblo people. She is the Youth Voice Amplifier for Seeding Sovereignty, working with our passionate young organizers to bring impactful change to indigenous communities across Turtle Island. In addition to her work within Seeding Sovereignty, she is the "Ina" or mother of sorts for the International Indigenous Youth Council, and has collaborated with Honor the Earth, Sacred Stone Camp, Seeding Sovereignty, and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center to guide young organizers committed to movement work and defending the sacred. Ensuring a future for generations to come is a duty and responsibility to her, and she focuses the traditional teachings of her foremothers on the intersectional challenges faced by the prodigies she works with. She is currently based in her traditional homelands within the Rocky Mountains doing vital youth empowerment work, after nearly two years of living in Anishinaabe/Dakota territories battling Enbridge’s proposed Line 3. She aims to do all her work in homage to her ancestors whose resistance ensured her existence. She is a human being, just like you. She lives on occupied Dakota territory in the Twin Cities, MN as a guest from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Laguna Pueblo people. She is the Ina or “mother” of sorts for the International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC); working with the group to build youth leadership across Turtle Island. In addition to her work within the IIYC, she has partnered with Honor the Earth, Sacred Stone Village, Seeding Sovereignty, and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center to guide young organizers committed to movement work and defending the sacred. Ensuring a future for generations to come is a duty and responsibility to her, and she focuses the traditional teachings of her foremothers on the intersectional challenges faced by the prodigies she works with. She is currently entering her second year of battling Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 and aims to do all her work in homage to her ancestors whose resistance ensured her existence. She is a human being, just like you.