By day, I work as a policy analyst at 350.org. By night, I write.
You can find my writing in The Guardian, The Nation, The Paris Review, The Walrus, CBC, Vice, Pacific Standard, HuffPost, ESPN’s The Undefeated, Dissent, Jacobin, Crooked, Splinter, Indian Country Today, The Marshall Project, BOMB, Salon, High Country News, Canadian Geographic, Frontier Magazine, World Policy Journal and other publications. I am a correspondent for Real America with Jorge Ramos, senior fellow with Data for Progress, contributing editor at Canadian Geographic and have appeared as a commentator on Marketplace, CBC, Al Jazeera, TVO, Fusion TV and France 24.
My feature on the Tribal Canoe Journey was nominated for a National Magazine Award. I wrote the foreword to the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada. Development, the journal of the Society for International Development, published my work on the role of Indigenous peoples in combatting climate change, and I was invited to consult for the forthcoming UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' general comment on land rights. I designed a climate scorecard for 2020 presidential candidates and have helped craft many policy platforms, including the Green New Deal.
The belief that Indigenous peoples can contribute to understanding and solving the world's most pressing challenges inspires my work. I am currently organizing a grassroots effort to bring an Indigenous canoe journey to the San Francisco Bay in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Alcatraz occupation and engage our youth in the stewardship of water and land.
I studied history at Columbia University and the University of Oxford, where I was a Clarendon scholar. Before turning my time to the climate movement, I was an Urban Fellow in the Commissioner’s Office of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development.
Raised in a single-mother household in Oakland, California, I am a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen and a descendant of the Lil'Wat Nation of Mount Currie.