Our Team

Alayna Eagle Shield, Co-Executive Director

Alayna Eagle Shield is Lakȟóta Húŋkpapȟa and Arikara and a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Alayna is currently a Doctoral Student at the College of Education and a Research Assistant at the Banks Center for Educational Justice at

Tasha Peltier, Co-Executive Director

Tasha is Hunkpapa Lakota and a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. In 2016 she received a Master’s degree in Public Health with a specialization in American Indian Public Health from North Dakota State University. She has been working

Board Members

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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