Board Member

Beth White Mountain

Beth White Mountain is a mother, massage therapist, herbalist and organic gardener. She has a home in Little Eagle, South Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation, though is currently wintering in Florida to help with her elderly mother. Beth has been a Massage Therapist since 1996 and formally had a massage office in Bear Soldier …

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Tonya Hertel

Tonya Hertel is Anishinaabe and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. Tonya grew up on Standing Rock and considers Standing Rock her home. She currently works on Standing Rock with Indigenous youth with disabilities living both on and off of the reservation. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Management …

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Pearl Walker-Swaney

Pearl is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and is also affiliated with White Earth. She is Eagle Clan. Pearl grew up in the Bemidji area where she graduated from high school and went to college. Pearl ran on the Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams throughout college at Bemidji State …

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Sunshine Rose Claymore

Sunshine is a mother from Standing Rock Reservation. A graduate from Sitting Bull College with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science, there has been a drive to better understand natural processes on our planet. As an Earth Activist she most recently is following the path to better understanding Regenerative Land Management. Environmental Education has also been …

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Nuna Teal

Nuna grew up on a large, diverse organic farm in Vermont that was also the site of a project by her father to study, domesticate and protect muskoxen for the economic use of their fine wool by indigenous peoples of the Far North. Conceived on Spitsbergen, Nuna traveled with the Sami and their reindeer, then …

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Emily Ruff

Emily Ruff is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for two decades and serves as Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living. She is dedicated to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems, in her local community and through work on the board of United Plant …

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Rupa Marya

Rupa Marya, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, a collective of over 450 health workers committed to addressing structural issues that make health impossible for communities.  Dr. Marya has been working to make visible the health issues at the nexus of racism and …

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Linda Black Elk

Linda Black Elk is an ethnobotanist specializing in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food, medicine, and materials. Linda works to build curriculum and ways of thinking that will promote and protect food sovereignty, traditional plant knowledge, and environmental quality as an extension of the fight against hydraulic fracturing and the fossil …

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