The Indigenous Peoples Movement Speakers Bureau.
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Topics of Interest: Decolonization, Deconstructing Whiteness, Indigenous Feminism, Indigenous Media, Media and Documentary film as a form of Advocacy, Environmental Advocacy, Youth Empowerment, Wilderness and Mental Health, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Eco-Tourism
Areas of Experience: Decolonial Education, Indigenous Filmmaking, Cross-cultural healing, Environmental Activism, Curriculum development, The politReconciliationliation, Leadership Training, Sexual Violence Prevention
Nikki Sanchez is a Pipil/Maya and Irish/Scottish academic, Indigenous media maker and environmental educator. Nikki holds a masters degree in Indigenous Governance and is presently completing a Ph.D. with a research focus on emerging visual media technology as it relates to Indigenous ontology. She is currently overseeing the first ever Indigenous Storyteller edition with Telus STORYHIVE; a project to provide funding and mentorship for 30 emerging Indigenous filmmakers in BC and Alberta. For the past two years, Nikki has been the David Suzuki Foundation’s "Queen of Green" (queenofgreen.ca) where her work centered on environmental journalism, social media and digital media creation to provide sustainable solutions for a healthy planet, as well as content creation to bring more racial and gender inclusivity into the environmental movement. As an Indigenous media maker, Nikki's most recent project is the 8-part documentary VICELAND series “RISE” focused on global Indigenous resurgence. RISE was debuted at Sundance in February 2017 and has received global critical acclaim, recently winning "best documentary" at the Canadian screen awards. Along with working as a wilderness guide and environmental educator in Nuu-chah-nulth territory of Clayoquot Sound for over 10 years, Nikki has also been teaching and facilitating decolonization and anti-oppression training for the past five years for universities, corporations, and NGOs. She is the creator and director of "Decolonize Together" a collective of Indigenous women who offer decolonial and inclusivity workshops and curriculum creation. Nikki is also a TEDx speaker, who's most recent presentation was entitled "Decolonization is for Everyone".
YoNasDa (Yo-Naja-Ha) LoneWolf
Areas of interest / Topics of Experience: Native American Spirituality, Activism, Motherhood, Social Justice, Cultural Empowerment and Education, Men and Women Empowerment, Youth Leadership, Domestic Violence, Connecting with Mother Earth- Spiritual Retreats, Entertainment, Intersectionality Organizing
YoNasDa (Yo-Naja-Ha) LoneWolf was born during the American Indian Movement's Longest Walk in Washington, DC. She is Oglala Lakota and African American. Her late mother, a Lakota (Sioux) Wauneta Lonewolf was a renowned motivational speaker, substance abuse, gang prevention counselor and healer. Her father, who is African American, is a fine artist.
Queen YoNasDa is a living example of the saying “No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Woman”. Currently, she is a National Community Organizer/Human Rights Activist and a motivational speaker. Being self-driven she is living her divine calling from her early beginnings in the entertainment industry as a rap artist and choreographer for BET’S own Teen Summit to her most recent work as an active activist and a voice against any injustice that affects people worldwide. She has used entertainment to bring awareness on the condition of oppressed people whether it's releasing two albums and touring with Wutang Clan or performing at the Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow and Festival she walks in many cultural paths.
YoNasDa Lonewolf is a woman with a purpose of promoting love, justice and equality.
Read more about her here.
Queen Muhammad Ali
Areas of interest / Topics of Experience: Creative and Educational Filmmaking, Visual Anthropology, Strategies for Social Change, Cultural Development and Appreciation, Grassroots Community Organizing, Leadership Development, Social Media Marketing, Cultural Exhibitions, Curriculum Development
Queen Muhammad Ali is an award winning film Director, Television producer, and visual anthropologist. Queen's Great Grandfather and and later her Great uncle both served the people of American Samoa as Paramount Chiefs (Kings). In continuing the tradition of serving the Island Ali is an advocate for revitalizing the knowledge of indigenous foods and ancient Samoan pharmacopeia to combat diabetes and obesity. Ali's film #Bars4Justice starring Common and Talib Kweli was screened twice at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Glasgow Scotland, Beijing China, and Tiapapata Art center in Apia, Samoa. Recognized internationally for her research on the negative images and stereotypes of original people, she has been requested to lend her expertise to universities and organizations across the globe.
Winner of ArtPlace America 2017
Winner of Best Short Documentary 24th annual PAFF February
Mutianyu Fellowship Residency Awardee Beijing, China
Selected guest speaker at MoMA's 2017 Doc fortnight
Winner 2017 ISF Film Grant / Scholarship Recipient
Specialty: “Indigenous Storytelling as Political Activism”
Areas/Topics: Traditional and contemporary oral storytelling, Anti-racism education and awareness, Social Justice activism and organizing, Public Policy advocacy, Empowerment, Leadership development, Growing youth leadership, Amplifying indigenous voices, Decolonizing indigenous governance, Mastering Indian Law, Dismantling toxic masculinity in indigenous communities
Tai Simpson is “The Storyteller” in the indigenous language of the Nimiipuu nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho). She believes indigenous “old ways” need to come back in style. They are the principles on which many indigenous communities build their social and political narratives. As an antiracism activism and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to depict the lens of “old ways” and how it is used to protect the sacred, build strength in the community, and keep nature in balance. She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe and a tireless advocate for social justice. Tai’s academic background is in Political Philosophy & Public Law at Boise State University where she served as the vice president and president of the Intertribal Native Council student organization. In the community, she serves as an organizer for the local chapter of Idle No More - Idaho.
Recent & Notable speaking engagements:
2019 TEDxBoise Speaker, “Indigenous Storytelling as Political Activism”
2018 Organizer, City of Boise Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proclamation
2018 Invocation Speaker, Idaho Democratic Convention
2017 Invocation Speaker, Women’s March on Idaho
Héritier Lumumba is an author, social entrepreneur, and Pan-African Strategist, who is also a former professional athlete and enjoyed a distinguished 12 year career (2005 - 2016) in the Australian Football League.Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lumumba is of Congolese and Brazilian heritage. He immigrated to Australia when he was 2 years of age. In 2012, Lumumba was selected by Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, as a 'People of Australia' ambassador, and advised the Australian Federal Government and Multi-Cultural council. Lumumba has also worked in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro mentoring at risk youth, stimulating entrepreneurship, and working with Rio's drug cartels to promote peace between rival factions.
Topics of Interest: Racism against Indigenous People, Tribal Law and Justice, Tribal Sovereignty, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman
Areas of Experience: Institutionalized Racism and Indigenous People, Eugenics and Indigenous People, Police Shootings and Incarceration Rates of Indigenous People, Tribal Law and Sovereignty, Indigenous People’s Day, Environmental Racism and Indigenous People and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Brenda Golden is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She has a Bachelor's in Business Administration in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration both conferred from the University of Oklahoma. Brenda graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. She has previously worked to increase public awareness on such issues as saving sacred sites, racism by police and in the justice system, female incarceration in Oklahoma and abolishing celebration of 89er days and the land-run re-enactments in public schools. She has been a source of information in independent media as hostess of Womyns Warrior Talk and Red Town Radio from 2009 to 2016 and writing as the Oklahoma City Native American Examiner from 2008 to 2013. She is co-founder of the Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Treaties (S.P.I.R.I.T.), continues community organizing and activism and currently operates her own law office, Golden Legal Services, PLLC in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Areas/Topics: …focus is analysis of, and advocacy concerning, undocumented immigrants and their ties with indigenous identities.
Joey Morales is an indigenous activist from Pueblo Pijao, an indigenous community in Tolima, Colombia. He critiques the United States and sympathetic hemispheric post-colonial governments as comprising a colonial empire that labels the continents' oldest communities as foreigners. During the Indigenous Peoples March, he was able to transport elders and students alike to Washington D.C. His goal is to unite the Condor and the Eagle by creating unity between indigenous nations of North, Central, and South america, which is an Inca Prophecy stating that once the nations of the north and south fly together as one again real liberation will occur. He also hopes to encourage the modern person to start caring about the land they inhabit, whether or not they are native to said land.
Speciality: “Surviving The Aftermath Of Boarding Schools, Residential Schools, & The 60’s Scoop.”
Areas/Topics: Intergenerational Trauma: The Canadian Residential School System & Indian Boarding Schools & The 60’s Scoop; Indigenous Youth in Foster Care/Wards of the System; Rediscovering Cultural Connection; Being Mixed Indigenous - Who Am I, And Where Do I Belong?
S.A. Lawrence-Welch is a Plains Cree/Métis artist, activist and speaker. She grew up in the mountains of Alberta, Canada, on Treaty 6 Territory. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon (Chinook & Clackamas Land). Her main focus of work and art is on the lasting damage The Residential School System left on the Indigenous population of Canada. Her goal is to reconnect people with their culture, and begin the process of healing through community building. She advocates for those who suffer from intergenerational trauma – and educates those who are ignorant to it.
Her philosophy is “reparations instead of reconciliation”.
Areas of interest: “As far as performances, I am very flexible. I do, however, prefer events that have a professional sound system and someone running sound. I am open to performing at venues, universities, marches/rallies, festivals, classes/youth groups, occupation sites/resistance camps. These are all types of places that I have experience performing in. For speaking gigs, I'm even more flexible. I have speaking/performance experience across the world, and I've shared my knowledge in so many different spaces.”
Topics: “I tend to speak a lot about the fight against fossil fuel infrastructure, as I was at Standing Rock and currently actively organizing efforts to stop Enbridge Line 3. I like to speak about how many different issues are linked to pipeline construction, like MMIW, for example. Non violent direct action is one strategy that I believe is very useful, but I found a powerful intersection between music and my activism. I am a hip hop artist and I use my artistry as a way to connect to many people, especially Indigenous youth. I talk about how I use hip hop as a vehicle for social change. I talk about my personal narrative and how my family went through assimilation/boarding school and how it's important to go back to our ancestral ways to fight cultural genocide. These are just a few different themes I like to talk about during speaking gigs and in my music.”
Tufawon (2 for 1) is a Dakota/Boricua hip hop artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His life is dedicated to protecting the water and planet. His name is a representation of his mixed identity, and his music is an honest reflection of his life experiences and personal struggles, his hopes and dreams for the future, spirituality and connectedness to the land, love, and the realities of the world we live in. His style is an embodiment of intricate lyricism with complex vocabulary balanced by a very clear, smooth, and concise delivery. With a socially aware approach, he touches on topics such as Indigenous resiliency, politics, health, defending Mother Earth, and fighting against oppressive systems. The underlying message in his music is always connected to freedom.
Nathalie Farfan founded La Brujas Club and Morado Lens feminist podcast (now home to 24K monthly listeners), as a way to ground women of color, and help them build community by embracing their heritage and honor their spiritual makeup... Nathalie is a storyteller who believes that a Bruja's power is sacred and authentic. It was born within families, passed down through generations, shared in hallowed circles and felt in botanicas. Nathalie also believes that there is power in this history and while the spirit can be felt by all, the passing down of this craft and legacy needs to start with those who live by it.
*Ultimate goal: Decolonize our minds.
Topics of Interest: History of Native Americans including events in Native History and telling the history of Native People, History of Native American Policy and Activism, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. My goal is to tell a history that is all too often over looked, the History of Native Americans. Events that shaped our Native history is also the history of the United States.
Areas of Experience: Federal Policy towards Native Americans, Treaties and Treaty Rights, Historical Events in Native History, Land Sovereignty, Missing and Murder Indigenous Women, Social Justice in the Native Community, Intergeneration Trauma and Depression
Heather Bruegl, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Inspired by a trip to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a passion for Native American History was born. She has spoken for numerous groups including the University of Michigan, College of the Menominee Nation, Shawano County Historical Society, the Kenosha Civil War Museum, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She has spoken at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Indigenous Peoples Day 2017. Heather also opened up and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan in January 2018. She also spoke at the first ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC in January of 2019. She has also become the ‘’accidental activist’’ and speaks to different groups about intergenerational racism and trauma and helps to bring awareness to our environment, the fight for clean water and other issues in the Native community. A curiosity of her own heritage lead her to Wisconsin, where she has researched the history of the Native American tribes in the area. Heather calls Michigan home and currently travels and speaks on Native American history, including policy and activism.
Topics of Interest:
Medicine of laughter, theater, Pan-Indigenous development, intergenerational and post settler trauma, Human development with an emphasis on supporting "men" to be the best version of ourselves. Creating space for expression and most importantly hunting for Tacos.
Areas of Experience:
Mateo's work provides a safe, artistic platform for those who choose to analyze life, self, community and the world. Mateo's work targets communities who are disenfranchised, focusing on teaching his participants how to unpack social injustices, while using various techniques, such as A synthesis of Theater of the Oppressed, Indigeneity and modern theater practices.
Mateo’s maternal lineage can be traced to the native Mazahua of El Oro, in the State of Mexico. After working with various Indigenous elders and maestros of theater, Mateo has learned how to successfully Incorporate the concept "The process is the journey" into his workshops, a concept that has deep roots in indigenous thought. Mateo has directed various theater productions, collaborated with human rights organizations and indigenous wellness centers, as well as, worked with private and nonprofit organizations.
What makes Mateo's 15 plus years of facilitation different than others? Mateo is comfortable engaging participants who see the world from different spectrum an unraveling the layers of social privilege, helping participants give light to indigenous preservation and expression. Planting seeds in places our human spirit has closed off too.
Areas of Interest: Environment, Healing & Protecting Our Earth.
Topics of Experience: Environment, Water Protection, Womens Rights, Taino Peoples.
Juliet Diaz, a hereditary healer and seer from a long line of indigenous healers from Cuba, she is indigenous Taino and her practice revolves around Earth medicine and Magick. She is the owner of November Sage Apothecary & and the online school Tierra Sagrada. She's a healer, seer, herbalist, and mother. Known as the Plant Whisperer for her abilities as a natural healer and gift of communicating with plants, trees, nature spirits. Signs of her natural gifts like healing, energy reading, communication with spirit & other realms shined through at the age of 3. She believes Magick lives within us all. She feels passionate about bringing truth to this mundane world and inspiring others to step into their truth. She is extremely active with activism, bringing awareness on topics like environmental issues, protecting and healing our Earth, rights of indigenous peoples, and women's rights.
OPLIAM’s music crosses all musical boundaries. He plays rock and roll, hip hop and reggae. Sometimes separately, sometimes cosmically interwoven. OPLIAM has toured internationally, playing shows in Australia and New Zealand. He recently won 1st place in Flow fest ‘18’s “People’s Choice Contest”, in Puna, Hawaii where he shared the stage with artists Mike Love , Dustin Thomas and Eoto. OPLIAM is American Indian on his father’s side and has never forgotten where he comes from as a musician. One of OPLIAM’s first shows was playing Winona LaDuke’s Birthday party with Nahko and Medicine for the people. OPLIAM than later had the opportunity to rock the main stage at Darkening of the sun (a festival in 2017 celebrating the eclipse) with Chase Makai of Medicine for the people. OPLIAM’s first EP “4.4.4” was released in 2015 followed by his 2nd EP “MESCALATION VOl.1” released in 2016. OPLIAM’s upcoming release is due out June 21st , 2018 titled “Medicine Womxn” .