Welcome to Native Movement's 2018 Summer Interns
Siqiniq is Iñupiaq, Italian, and Irish. She is from Nuiqsut and Utqiagvik and grew up in Fairbanks and Anchorage. She is currently a senior at the University of Fairbanks Alaska in Alaska Natives Studies learning Iñupiatun. She has two children, Ukpik and Iñukuyuk, ages three and six. She loves to do art projects and learn about her language and traditions.
Esau is Inupiaq from the village of Shishmaref. He is an student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Esau is a former Arctic Youth Ambassador and former AYEA leader.
Enei Begaye - Executive Director / Film Producer / Website Designer / Organizer / Banner-Maker
Enei is of the Diné & Tohono O’odham Nations, and married into the Gwich’in Nation. Enei has spent years community organizing, training, facilitating, and causing a ruckus. Over the past 15 years she has served on various national environmental justice boards and network steering committees. She is a co-founder and former director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition and a former water campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network. Enei was named one of Utne Readers “50 visionaries who are changing our world," but more importantly she is a dirt loving, vegetable growing, fabric addicted, bookworm, and a fierce mother. She was educated both on Dinétah --the land of her people-- and the halls of Stanford University. She is based out of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Contact Enei at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Misty Nickoli - Operations Manager
Misty is Denaá of the Gaałh Doh (Kaltag) and Tsimshian of Metlakatla. Her younger years were spent in Gaałth Doh and in the summers at fish camp. Misty has worked as a nurse in public health and in the Army Reserves. While working as a nurse in public health she became a founder, strategist and core group member of the “Free the Fairbanks Four” Alaskan wrongful incarceration movement which resulted in the release of four innocent Indigenous men who spent a combined 72 years in prison. Misty earned her B.A. in Psychology through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in the Spring of 2015. She is a founder of Breadcrumbs Theater (currently working directly with incarcerated youth) & board member of Blossom House (a space for healing through the arts, sharing & yoga). Misty is a mother of three young men, an artist, a writer, a speaker, an actor, a healer as well as a hunter & gatherer.
Contact Misty at: email@example.com
Adrienne Blatchford - Community Organizer
Adrienne is Inupiaq and originally from Unalakleet. She currently resides in Fairbanks with her family. Adrienne has been an advocate for social and ecological justice. She has worked to promote health and wellness through the practice of traditional knowledge and cultural values. Her role as a mother sets the platform for the rest of the work she does in the community as a healer, teacher, advocate, culture bearer and organizer.
Contact Adrienne at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Edwin - Organizer Unlimited
Christina is Dene and Latina. As an Indigenous Woman she is truly invested in an organizing practice that is holistic. She studies discourses on social justice, Indigenous rights and knowledge systems, and environmental justice. As a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and as a Native Movement organizer she is focused on Native student organizing efforts, building meaningful partnerships in organizing, and facilitating the creation of more stories told by Native people. She will be graduating from UAF with a Bachelors of Arts in Rural Development and a minor in Alaska Native Languages in the Spring of 2018. She has worked locally, regionally, and nationally on grassroots campaigns to advocate for community-driven Just Transition solutions based on Indigenous world-views. She enjoys dancing, yoga, and cooking traditional foods.
Cathy Tagnak Rexford
Tagnak is Alaska Native and a writer. She has received fellowships from the First Peoples' House of Learning and the Rasmuson Foundation. Cathy was also selected for Perseverance Theatre's Playwright's Circle. She is currently working on her play, Whale Song, as well as writing a series of children's books set in Northern Alaska.
Jody Juneby Potts
Jody is Han Gwich’in and an enrolled tribal member of the Native Village of Eagle and is a Doyon shareholder. Jody is a Sergeant Village Public Safety Officer, being the first female sergeant. She is currently the director of public safety at Tanana Chiefs Conference. In addition to Native Movement's board, Jody also serves on the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council and has been appointed by Governor Walker to the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
She is also an Ironman triathlete who has competed in triathlons around the country. She has been a dog musher and world traveler. Jody believes in maintaining a balance of her traditional culture and our modern world. Jody lives in Fairbanks with her three children.
Princess is Neets'aii Gwich'in from Arctic Village, Alaska. She is the former Executive Director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee. She is also a published writer, actor and film director.