Welcome to the team!

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Naawéiyaa Austin Tagaban - Community Organizer / Actions Trainer

Naawéiyaa is Tlingit, Cherokee, Pilipino, and English. He is a Basket weaver, screen printer, musician, language learner and teacher. He was born and raised in Juneau Alaska, he cares deeply about Language revitalization, Indigenous sovereignty, Gender and Climate Justice, and Ending Gender Based Violence through working with Men and Youth. His deepest desire is to work at the intersection of the many forms of violence visited upon communities of color, against women and children and the land. He believes that only through thoroughly understanding the root causes of these violences and working together across issues and colonial boundaries and dichotomies can we truly achieve our collective and individual liberation. He has a BA of Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Alaska Native Languages and Studies, and believes that restoring and using our languages is key to overcoming the manifold forms of oppression that have been placed upon Indigenous communities.


Rachael Teter - Fairbanks office Assistant

Rachael Qimalleq Teter is  Yup’ik from St. Mary’s, Alaska, currently living in Fairbanks, where she studies math at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She’s on her way to becoming a high school teacher. Qimalleq hopes to be an advocate, to share concerns to politicians and to efficiently communicate politics to the concerned.

The values Native Movement was built upon are values she aspires to carry out every day. Apart from school, she’s involved in various organizations dedicated to strengthening our Alaska Native and American Indian peoples and aims to be a positive role model for future generations. Overall, Qimalleq hopes to continue learning and stay grounded in identity and Indigenous values.


Enei Begaye - Executive Director

Enei is of the Diné & Tohono O’odham nations, married into the Gwich’in Nation, and the mother of 3 multi-tribal daughters. Enei is a community organizer, trainer, facilitator, and advocate around issues of environmental justice, economic justice, climate justice, and the rights of Indigenous peoples.  Enei is a co-founder of and active member of the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition and the Black Mesa Water Coalition. She has served on various national social justice boards, she 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 lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her partner and children.

email address: enei@nativemovement.org

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Shawna Larson - Regional director

Shawna is Ahtna from Nay'dini'aa Na' (Chickaloon Village) on her father’s side, and Supiaq from the Village of Port Graham on her mother’s side. Shawna's grandparents were Helen DePriest and Jack Larson on her father's side, and Tom and Marie Young on her mother's side. Shawna’s previous work experience includes spending 13 years with Environmental non-profits working on Indigenous issues at an International and local level. Her work also focused on human rights and environmental policies. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council and she has served on the Council for 10 years. She was selected by the Utne Reader magazine as a young visionary and she has worked extensively in community organizing at a local, national and international level. Shawna and her husband  have two children and live in Palmer, Alaska. She has volunteered countless hours at Chickaloon Village’s Ya Ne Dah Ah Tribal school which is the only Tribally owned and operated school in the State of Alaska.

email address: shawna@nativemovement.org


Misty Nickoli - Operations Manager

Misty is Denaá of the Gaałh Doh (Kaltag) and Tsimshian of Metlakatla. 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.

email address: m.nickoli@nativemovement.org


christina Edwin - Anchorage organizer

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.

email address: christina@nativemovement.org


Siqiniq Maupin - art & Youth Organizer

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. 

email address: siqiniq@nativemovement.org

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Jessica Girard - Trainer

Jessica is an Air Force veteran with a graduate degree in Sustainable International Development with a Specialization in Environmental Conservation from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She has been a community organizer in Fairbanks Alaska for four years, framing her work from a social and climate justice lens. Jessica has 12 years of experience in intercultural relations and has worked directly with communities in Cambodia as well as Iraq before moving to Alaska. She is a co-founder of the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition (FCAC) and worked at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center as the program director.


We already miss you both but we’re happy for your exciting new moves!

Jenny Miller, former communications coordinator


Adrienne Blatchford, former community organizer & wellness coordinator

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Princess johnson

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


cathy rexford

Cathy (Inupiaq) is a writer and advocate of Alaska Native arts and education.  

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Jody 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.


Wahleah Johns

Wahleah is Diné from the Navajo reservation in Arizona. She is currently the Chief Executive officer of the company Native Renewables, based in Oakland, CA. Her work focuses on bringing solar solutions to under-served communities.