Picture courtesy of Adam Alexander Johansson, taken at Standing Rock in December 2016.

Picture courtesy of Adam Alexander Johansson, taken at Standing Rock in December 2016.

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.

 
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Janet MacGillivray, J.D., LL.M. 

Executive Director

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.

 
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Eryn Wise

Communications and Digital Director

Eryn (pronouns she/her/they/them) 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 as they navigate critical action and movement spaces. Her own seed project, Storytellers, is a reclamation of indigenous narrative.

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. 

 
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Jackie Fawn

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.