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Friday, October 21 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Native Foods and Grassroots Efforts | Indigenous Forum

Alicia Tsosie (Navajo), Deon Ben (Navajo) and Tony Skrelunas (Navajo) of Grand Canyon Trust describe their breakthrough programs in the Colorado Plateau region that can become national models: the Farmer to Farmer mentoring program, Cultural Learning Center, Native Gatherings, and Garden to School initiatives. With special guest Tara Houska (Anishinaabe-Couchiching First Nation), the new National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth.


Workshop Speakers
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Deon Ben

Deon Ben (Navajo) from Tohatchi, New Mexico, is the Native American Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, managing its Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversation Gathering. Trained in both traditional Native ways and contemporary environmental sciences, he has long worked to incorporate traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to animal husbandry and grazing management within tribal communities facing climate challenges.
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Tara Houska

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal attorney, an advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and a co-founder of Not Your Mascots. She is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, traditional knowledge, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism.
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Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas, MBA, (Dine), Managing Director of Native America Programs at Grand Canyon Trust, working with Hopi and Navajo communities to create sustainable economies, also manages the Colorado Plateau Inter Tribal Gatherings, which works to ensure tribes’ resiliency in the face of climate change; is Board Chair of the Black Mesa Water Coalition; and serves as Vice-President of DineHOZHO L3C, a social entrepreneurship venture owned by... Read More →
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Alicia Tsosie

Alicia Tsosie, of Mexican and Navajo descent, grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, AZ., and has worked in many areas to serve her community. She is currently the Tuba City Moenkopi Farmers Water Conservation Coordinator for the Native America Program of the Grand Canyon Trust.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum