Advisory Council

DIRECTOR

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Judith Le Blanc (Caddo): Director of the Native Organizers Alliance. She provides and facilitates technical support, strategic planning, mentoring and on the ground campaign development to Native groups. She serves as the United Nations representative for the Indigenous World Association, a Non-Governmental Organization. She served on the 2015 Screening Committee for Native Voices Rising, a project of the Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy. From 2002 to 2015, Judith became a nationally recognized organizer and leader in the U.S. peace movement — a central organizer for numerous campaigns and mobilizations as a National Co-chair of the national coalition, United for Peace and Justice and as National Field Director of Peace Action. She is the mother of one daughter.

ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Bineshi200x200.pngOzawa Bineshi Albert (Yuchi and Annishinaabe): She is a Indigenous Liberal Studies student at the Institute of American Indian Art in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bineshi’s work has primarily been in environmental justice and Native rights. She was the Operations Director of the Native American Voters Alliance and a lobbyist for Strong Families NM. She was a founding Board Member of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and continues to serve on their board. She helped to design the curriculum and continues to help lead the four-day intensive NOA Native Organizing Training. She is the proud mother of three, a daughter and two sons.

Louise200x200.pngLouise Benally (Dineh): Director of Indigenous Cultural Concepts. Since the 1970’s, Louise and her family, have been resisting relocation and coal mining at Big Mountain on Black Mesa..She is a Grandmother, Mother, farmer, rancher, traditional counselor, advisor, herbalist, environmental and human rights defender, health educator, permaculture teacher, cultural consultant and Dineh translator. She serves on the Black Mesa Water Coalition Advisory Committee and Legal Board. 

Kara_Boyd200x200.pngKara Denise Brewer Boyd (Lumbee): Director of the Association of American Indian Farmers which provides advocacy and technical assistance to American Indian farmers and ranchers. Kara was a member of the North Carolina Indian Child Welfare Standing Committee and appointed to a Legislative Committee to address Indian Children Welfare laws and concerns of American Indian families. She also has served as a Board Member of the United Tribes of North Carolina. She and her husband have 4 children and they are caregivers for her 10 year old niece.

Danisha200x200.pngDanisha Christian (Choctaw and Cherokee): She was the founding Director of the Native Organizers Alliance (NOA). She helped design the original NOA four-day intensive Native Organizer's Training. Since leaving her position at NOA, Danisha returned to school and is working toward becoming a primary care physician. She co-authored An American Debt Unpaid and Promises Underfunded and Unfulfilled, reports highlighting gross disparities in Indian healthcare.

Kathy2_200x200.pngKathy Forliti (Ojibwe): Program Manager for Native Americans in Philanthropy which  is a membership-based organization that promotes reciprocity and investment in, with and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities for all. Boozhoo. Indizhinikaaz Kathy. Gaawaabaabiganikaag niin indoonjibaa.Greetings! My name is Kathy. I am an Ojibwe citizen from the White Earth Nation. I am a mother of three and a grandmother of two. I graduated from Augsburg College in American Indian Studies and Native American Art.

petuuche200x200.pngPetuuche Gilbert (Acoma): Petuuche is a lifelong resident of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. He worked over 30 years for the Acoma tribe including the tribal council. He is a member of the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment and the Acoma and Laguna Coalition for a Safe Environment. He received a B.A. and M.A., in Political Science, from the University of New Mexico and University of Arizona. He is a founding member of the Indigenous World Association, a Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations.

Manny200x200.pngManuel F. Pino (Acoma): Director of American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Southwest Research and Information Center, Red Rock Foundation, and the Laguna Acoma Coalition For A Safe Environment. He has worked in the area of American Indians and the environment for the past thirty two years with an emphasis on uranium mining and nuclear fuel cycle issues. Manuel is currently working with former American Indian uranium miners in New Mexico, Arizona, Washington and South Dakota on health issues related to radiation exposure and Indigenous communities opposing nuclear waste storage and mining.

OJ_Semans200x200.pngOJ Semans (Rosebud Sioux): Co-Executive Director of Four Directions that is located on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.  Four Directions is dedicated to voter protection, education and organization of Native American Indian voters. Four Directions has worked to establish two in-person absentee satellite voting and late registration offices on South Dakota’s two largest reservations, Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservations as well as three more communities and two more reservations, Crow Creek and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes in Montana. He is currently working on litigation and investigation of voter suppression in Indian Country.

Marsha200x200.pngMarsha Whiting (Chippewa Cree): Senior Program Officer at First Nations Development Institute First Nation’s mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. Marsha currently administers grantmaking, and is a part of the Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative and Native Youth and Culture Fund project teams.  She also serves on the board of directors for Denver Indian Family Resource Center and the Ogallala Commons. Prior to joining First Nations, Marsha served as the project grants administrator at the American Indian College Fund where she oversaw several special projects within the nation’s thirty-two tribal colleges.