Christine Nobiss, MA
Decolonizer, Iowa Land Decolonization Project and SHIFT Project
Christine Nobiss is Plains Cree-Saulteaux of the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Not only is she a Decolonizer with Seeding Sovereignty, but founder of Indigenous Iowa and Little Creek Camp. Indigenous and environmental justice has always been a passion for Christine--her first job at the age of nineteen was working for the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council. She is a speaker, writer, artist, organizer and movement mentor in Iowa, and across the nation and is focused on dismantling colonial-imperialist institutions, and replacing them with Indigenous practices created in synchronicity with this land. 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 fights for a better future for her two small children.
For Seeding Sovereignty, Christine directs the Iowa Land Decolonization Project, the SHIFT project and is a prolific writer of in-depth articles, blog posts and zines of current events. Recently, Christine created the Riverland Native Voter Project, which is a joint effort between Indigenous Iowa and Seeding Sovereignty. For 2019, Christine is co-organizing the first ever Iowa Water Festival in Des Moines, curating Indigenous@SOCAP19 in San Francisco, speaking at Kent State University, presenting a paper at the 40th American Indian Workshop in Poznań, Polandand, and much more. She is particularly honored to attend, as a delegate, the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to be held in New York City this year. In Iowa and beyond, she works hard to build unity with other organizations like the Indian Problem, Women’s Indigenous Media, Bold Iowa, The Possibility Alliance, Midwest Telegraph, 100 Grannies, and many more. Unity, she believes, is key to overcoming the heteropatriarchy and to combating climate change in the next 12 years.
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.
Communications and Digital Director
Eryn currently lives on occupied Tongva territory as a guest from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Laguna Pueblo people. She is our Communications and Digital Director; working to interweave our projects, people, and platform to amplify our collective’s creed. Eryn’s role lends its supports to the organizers working within the Seeding Sovereignty "RESISTerhood” that are navigating movement spaces, and is a mentor on projects such as Rising to Resist; a youth-led voting initiative, and Our Eyes in the Skies; a youth drone project.
Her own seed project, DIY Storytellers, is a reclamation of indigenous narrative. Representation is crucial, and with the this project the subject matter isn’t about tokenizing featured relatives, or controlling their narratives but rather, passing them the mic.
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 aims to do all her work in homage to her ancestors whose resistance ensured her existence. She is a human being, just like you.
National Direct Action Coordinator
Aru Apaza was born out West and raised out East in the so-called United States. She belongs to the Aymara Nation in Abya Yala (so-called South America) and is currently based in Lenni-Lenape land (occupied New York City).
She has trained with, and worked for many national organizations that uplift, support, and are led by indigenous folks. She has seen firsthand, and been a part of indigenous communities taking matters into their own hands, fighting extractive infrastructure, and truly believes in the power of the people. Everything she knows, she has learned from her aunties, uncles, and cousins scattered across Turtle Island.
At Seeding Sovereignty, Aru will play a crucial role in training folks to step up, and throw down alongside of ongoing indigenous resistance. She will also be working to support, and uplift organizing efforts in NDN Country by deploying action, and art intervention in cities.
Aru is passionate about building community power in the face of injustice and colonization and
understands that taking direct action is rooted in prayer. She works hard to create a better world for her younger siblings and her future descendants. When she isn't stirring up trouble, you can find her spinning her favorite records and making music with her band.
Ace Visual Illustrator
Jackie is a Yurok, Washoe, Filipina artist that is honored to be multicultural as her mother, father, and ancestors have done everything for her to be here today to ensure that she gets to hold a pencil in her hand daily.
She is a visual storyteller who has created artwork for not only Seeding Sovereignty, for the Buffalo Field Campaign, Stop Line 3, Indigenous Environmental Network, Greenpeace, L'eau Est La Vie Camp, and more.