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.
Andreanne R. Catt
YOUTH ORGANIZER FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Andreanne Catt is part of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nations and Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud, South Dakota. She spent six months at Standing Rock leading the youth movement for clean water against the Dakota Access Pipeline where she helped organize non-violent direct actions with the International Indigenous Youth Council.
Andreanne’s inspiring youth leadership is enhanced by her broad set of deep interpersonal interests and expanded, inter-connected world-view. At Seeding Sovereignty, she will build on her comprehensive multimedia and communication skills to weave youth networks that nurture this and future generations. Her immediate campaigns focus on stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline and uranium mining for energy in the Black Hills, sacred to The Great Sioux Nation. She will bridge generations by inviting youth learning from Elders and amplify the need for multigenerational environmental stewardship that demands a just transition.
“I am a creative individual focused on contributing to a dynamic and fast-paced organization. I am a goal oriented team player with proven ability to take on many responsibilities. Eager to gain new experiences and contribute to a meaningful organization doing impactful work. I wish to become a strong indigenous leader. I want to help the youth use their voices to speak up for what they believe in. I want to help mother earth heal. I want to help protect mother earth and our sacred sites.”
NODAPL MEDIA HUB ORGANIZER, LITTLE CREEK CAMP
Christine Nobiss from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is Plains Cree-Salteaux of the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She is lead organizer, media spokesperson and movement mentor at Little Creek Camp in Iowa to continue the stand lit at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She will nurture this critical Camp web hub and inspire community engagement and support via social media messaging and event-based participatory environmental activism to her extensive network. She will collaborate with our team of legal, environmental and social media experts to weave an honest and inclusive narrative that overcomes apathy, develops discernment and seeds-self determination.
“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, Midwest Telegraph, 100 Grannies, Mississippi Stand Solidarity Network and the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition.
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.