Indigenous Wisdom and the Power of Place

WED, MAY 26, 2021 (1:02:34)

Native American and Indigenous people model economic and social exchanges on reciprocity and relationships in all systems. Centering this and other Indigenous wisdom has led to significant and meaningful contributions to the advancement of conservation, protection, and environmental justice, especially in the lives of youth.

Dawn Knickerbocker belongs to the Anishinaabe people, is a citizen of White Earth Nation/gaa waabaabiganikaag, and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe from the Ottertail Pillager Band of Indians. Juan D. Martinez Pineda is a Senior Program Manager at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and proud descendant of the Be’ena’ Za’ Zapotec people. Together they will explore how centering culture, reciprocity, and relationship can fulfill this country’s promise to lift up all people.

This talk is part of the Life Saves the Planet lecture series. More info: https://bio4climate.org/

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Learn more about the land you are on and the peoples who have walked there: https://native-land.ca/

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+ BIO: Juan Martinez Pineda

Juan D. Martinez Pineda is a Senior Program Manager at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and proud descendant of the Be’ena’ Za’ Zapotec people. He is a co-founder of Fresh Tracks, a youth-led cross cultural revolution, rooted in the healing power of the outdoors, as well as implementing the tribal and Indigenous community of practice for the Opportunity Youth Forum. His work has helped to grow the silo-breaking strategy for systems change and youth power building while also lifting up successful stories of civic engagement and community organizing.

+ BIO: Dawn Knickerbocker She/Her/Hers/Kwe

Dawn Knickerbocker (She/Her/Hers/Kwe) belongs to the Anishinaabe people, is a citizen of White Earth Nation/ gaa waabaabiganikaag, enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe from the Ottertail Pillager Band of Indians.

Dawn is an activist, advocate, organizational strategist, land and water defender, and a leader in the philanthropic sector. She believes that peace is not merely a distant goal but can be achieved within our lifetime through deeply connected and authentic relationships with the land and the people. Having spent over 20 years of her work life as a grass roots organizer on the front lines of earth-related matters, she now serves as the President of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition, co-founder of WARN Ohio, and co-leader at Yellow Springs Climate Action.

Dawn spent the majority of her career working in nonprofit leadership and in practice of reciprocity within philanthropy. She worked as a grant-maker in Washington State when she designed and implemented Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA) that serves over a million people. Dawn recently worked as the Director of Foundation Relations at Antioch College, and now works full time for Native Americans in Philanthropy, which serves all of Indian Country on cultural and Tribal issues. Dawn is the former elected Chair of the Advisory Commission on Diversity for the most diverse city in the State of Washington, Renton. She is a published nonfiction writer, poet, public speaker, columnist at the Yellow Springs New’s Little Thunders, and the 2020 Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Award recipient. Dawn holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Whitworth University, completed graduate work in social impact from Claremont Lincoln University, and a master’s in arts in human rights practice from University of Arizona. Her latest anthology is titled: NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC: Stories of Hope and Resilience. Dawn resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio with her husband and four sons, and 49 medicinal houseplants.

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Life Saves the Planet