Bemidji Main Office: PO Box 485 Bemidji, MN 56619 Tel: (218) 751-4967EIN: 38-3653476
Tom Goldtooth (Dine’ and Dakota), Executive Director – Tom is Dine’ and Dakota and lives in Minnesota. Since the late 1980’s, Tom has been involved with environmental related issues and programs working within tribal governments in developing indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. Tom works with indigenous peoples worldwide. Tom is known as one of the environmental justice movement grassroots leaders in North America addressing toxics and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues. Tom is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice; co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!; a co-founder of the U.S. based Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. Tom is a policy adviser to indigenous communities on environmental protection and more recently on climate policy focusing on mitigation, adaptation and concerns of false solutions. Email: email@example.com Bemidji, MN 56619 Tel: (218) 751-4967
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara – North Dakota) has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America. After completing her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, Ms. Mossett began her work with IEN as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator, engaging with more than 30 tribal colleges to instate community based environmental programs, discuss issues of socio-ecologic injustice, and connect indigenous youth with green jobs. She currently serves as the IEN’s Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, focusing at present on creating awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. Her local work is complemented by international advocacy work, including participation in several UN Forums and a testimony before the U.S. Congress on the climate issue and its links to issues of health, identity, and well being on tribal lands. Kandi’s message is: “Above all, fight to protect all life; be a voice for all those that can’t speak and never give up hope.” Always remember, “You’re not guaranteed change when you make your voice heard against injustice; but you’re guaranteed to fail if you remain silent.” Tel: 701.214.1389 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Goldtooth, (Mdewakanton Dakota and Dine) is a the Keep it in the Ground Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is a Dakota cultural/language teacher. He is a co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s. He is also a poet, traditional artist, powwow emcee, and comedian. Email: email@example.com
Simone Senogles, Food Sovereignty Program Coordinator at the Indigenous Environmental Network, is dedicated to bringing people together across boundaries by building strong connections around food, health, and well-being. Her work is based upon the understanding that food systems are one of the many interconnected spheres of indigenous life that have been disrupted by genocide, colonization, capitalism, historical trauma and racism, and that the revitalization of traditional food systems go hand-in-hand with health and vitality in all aspects of life. Tel: (218) 751-4967 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors:
- Manual Pino (Acoma Pueblo) – Manny is a founding member of Laguna-Acoma for a Safe Environment, a community-based, tribal organization working on uranium contamination issues in Pueblo communities in New Mexico. He is also an instructor in and Director of the Tribal Development Program at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.
- Bineshi Albert (Euchee and Ojibwe) – Bineshi is a founding member of the IEN Youth Program, and currently serves as the Northwest/West Field Organizer for Center for Community Change, which aims to establish and develop community organizations across the country, bring attention to major national issues related to poverty, and help insure that government programs are responsive to community needs.
- Sayo’: kla Kindness (Oneida) – Sayo’kla is the former Mining Campaign Organizer for IEN.