Youth Organizer for Turtle Island
Lauren is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and also comes from the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Navajo Nation, and Laguna Pueblo people. 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 empowering youth, hosting intersectional events, and organized the Frack Off Chaco Canyon Run in June, 2017.
As the program director for Rising to Resist (R2R), Lauren aims to connect and bring together youth organizers from key midterm states in upcoming election cycles to build capacity, skill share, train for actions, and educate around issues impacting their state, as well as federal elections.
She is a vocal water protector in frontline camps, who works to build a strong and dependable youth network, and motivate others to stand with communities facing fossil fuel extraction.
With this organization Lauren seeks to furthering her communication skills, while 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.
Christine Nobiss, MA
Decolonizer, Iowa Land Decolonization Project and Rising ReSister 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. She is a speaker, writer, artist and movement mentor in Iowa, and across the nation and believes that environmental and social justice work are inextricably linked and change will only happen when we dismantle corrupt political and economic systems and rebuild them with a decolonized worldview. 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.
“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, I believe that Indigenous sovereignty and knowledge are ways to decolonize both people and the climate.”
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.
Jordan Marie Daniel
Grants, Writing, and Research
Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel, is a member of Kul Wicasa Oyate/the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Jordan is a passionate and devoted advocate for Indian Country.
Jordan passionately enjoys uplifting and empowering Indian Country, especially Native Youth, with grassroots organizing and helping to create a platform for their voices to be heard on the successes of Indian Country and issues happening in frontline communities. She is the founder and Director of Rising Hearts Coalition, an indigenous-women led grassroots organizing group, that started in DC and now, bi-coastal, in Los Angeles.
Aside from a passion to help make a difference, Jordan enjoys running, for fun, and competitively since she was 10 years old: from track and cross country races, to marathons. She enjoys challenging herself and acknowledging the lands she climbs, hikes, and runs on. Enjoying the outdoors and the water the world has offer, is something that helps to stay rooted and motivated.
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.