Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation
to Norway, Germany & Switzerland
Spokeswomen List - Autumn 2017
(For further background information on the Delegation, click here)
Emily Arasim (general inquiries) – firstname.lastname@example.org, +1(505)920-0153
Osprey Orielle Lake (urgent inquiries in Europe) – email@example.com, +1(415)722-2104
Michelle Cook (general inquiries) - firstname.lastname@example.org
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard is a mother, Lakota historian, land-owner along the Dakota Access Pipeline route, and the founder of Sacred Stone Camp, the first prayerful resistance camp opened as part of the movement to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. By December 2016, more than 10,000 Indigenous people and environmental activists were camping in the area on and around LaDonna’s home. She has been a major catalyst and leader in the Standing Rock movement, which has become the perhaps the largest ever intertribal alliance on the American continent, with over 200 Indigenous nations represented. With most Standing Rock defenders now departed from her land - LaDonna remains as a ceaseless voice for her people, the Earth and the water - sharing her story and calls to action at platforms around the world as she continues to advocate for justice. Allard is an enrolled member of, and former historical preservation officer for, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Her people are Inhunktonwan from the Jamestown Valley, Hunkpapa and Blackfoot.
Jackie Fielder is Mnicoujou Lakota and Mandan-Hidatsa. She is the Campaign Coordinator of Lakota People's Law Project (LPLP), an organizer with Mazaska Talks, and founder of the San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition. Although born and raised in Long Beach, CA, she is now based in Bismarck, ND. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Master's Degree in Sociology from Stanford University in 2016.
Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo) is an indigenous human rights lawyer and a current SJD candidate at the University of Arizona's Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program. She is writing her dissertation on international law, indigenous people’s human rights, gender, sexuality, and indigenous transnationalism. She is a founding member of the Water Protector Legal Collective the on the ground legal team which provides legal services to those arrested at the Standing Rock encampment.
Tara Houska, Anishinaabe of Couchiching First Nation, is a tribal attorney based in Washington, D.C., the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a range of issues impacting indigenous peoples. She recently spent over six months living and working in North Dakota fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere.
Osprey Orielle Lake
Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International. She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. Osprey serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the visionary behind the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women's Climate Action Agenda. She teaches international climate trainings and directs WECAN’s advocacy work in areas such as Women for Forests, Rights of Nature and UN Forums. Osprey is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.