NDN is a collective of Indigenous activists, organizers, tribal leaders, social entrepreneurs, artists, educators, innovators and changemakers who are working to build the collective power of Indigenous peoples, communities and Nations. Our work is founded in advancing the rights of Indigenous people while contributing to a national movement that works towards achieving justice and equity for all people. NDN Action is the Organizing, Advocacy and Action arm of the NDN Collective.
Nick TilsenOglala Lakota
Nick is the founding Executive Director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and a father of four children. Nick sits on the boards of the Indigenous Peoples Power Project, the Water Protector Legal Collective and helped with on the ground organizing in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock.
Dave Archambault IIHunkpapa/ Oglala Lakota
Archambault, 45th Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, emerged as a global leader for Indigenous Peoples’ rights last year as he led the opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. He continues to be a voice for tribal sovereignty in championing protection of tribal treaty lands and natural resources.
Judith is an enrolled member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. The Native Organizers Alliance is a national Native training and organizing network which provides Native organizers, tribal governments and non-profits trainings based on traditional Indigenous knowledge values and practices.
Harmony LambertChumash Nation
Harmony lives on occupied Chochenyo Ohlone land in Oakland, CA where she works for Greenpeace USA. She specializes in non-violent direct action training and strategy, and is dedicated to spreading these skills widely to Indian Country. Harmony sits on the Advisory Council of the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3).
Crystal Echo HawkPawnee Nation
Crystal is is President and CEO of Echo Hawk Consulting. Echo Hawk Consulting advises tribal and philanthropic clients on grantmaking, program development, communications, strategic partnerships and policy change strategies.
Nicole is the President of Nicole Willis Consulting and worked on media and messaging for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they fought the Dakota Access Pipeline. She has emerged as one of the most astute and influential Native voices in politics today. Nicole previously served in the Obama administration and continues to work with political candidates, tribes, and issue campaigns to help with tribal policy and strategy.
Steve Sitting BearIháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakota
Steve served as the External Affairs Director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe during Chairman Dave Archambault II's administration. He currently serves as the Board Chairman of the Standing Rock Community Development Corporation and also as the Vice Chairman of the Oyate CDC. He is a proud father whose children are working to become speakers of the Lakota Language.
The NDN Collective
We must continue to Defend our people, communities and nations against negative resource extraction that poison our people, pollutes our water, destroys our land, contributes to climate change and violates the rights of our people. Doing this through organizing our communities, making our voice heard and utilizing a wide variety of tactics is imperative in shifting the political and financial systems that are impacting our communities.
We must continue to develop Indigenous communities in a regenerative and sustainable manner based on our values and connection to land, culture and identity. We need to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are doing this through regenerative community development, renewable energy investments and social enterprise development.
We must continue to decolonize our minds, communities and sovereign nations. The decolonization of our communities and people is directly related to our ability to prosper. Through the revitalization of our Indigenous ceremonies, culture, languages and life ways we will continue to strengthen our identity, and break free from the oppressive systems that disconnect us from achieving the healing, growth and connection to spirit that is integral for us as Indigenous people.
In 2018 the NDN Collective will be introducing and launching a set of related entities that will be a tool box of opportunity for Indigenous communities to defend, develop, decolonize and achieve their goals. NDN will do this through increasing philanthropic investments, social impact investments, creating political momentum and building the capacity of Indigenous communities. Please stay tuned in 2018 for future developments as we roll out this comprehensive and multifaceted approach to building community based power in Indian Country.