In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Seeding Sovereignty has launched a long-term mutual aid and community defense program, now in its third phase called: The Indigenous Impact Community Care Initiative (IICCI). Within the IICCI we are proud to provide not only mutual aid to unsheltered relatives in so-called Albuquerque and Flagstaff but to also support three projects within the larger community initiative: Ancestral Acres Farm & Garden, Medicine Wheels, and Community Defense and Land Liberation. Each is centered around community healing, food and land sovereignty, and water and land acknowledgment.
Janet MacGillivray, J.D., LL.M. (she/hers) Co-director
Janet is a social change community activist who founded Seeding Sovereignty birthed at Standing Rock to amplify the role of Indigenous knowledge and to de-expert and diversify the environmental movement. Janet is a former whistle blower.
At Seeding Sovereignty, Janet advocates for systematically oppressed communities, women and species to stop chronic environmental, cultural, racial and economic injustices and to support regenerative community led solutions. She directs climate justice work and associated Divest/Defund, Meet the Frontlines, Land Sovereignty and No Pipelines to Plastic campaigns as well as our plaintiff status in the landmark rewilding litigation against the federal government. Together these work to protect our warming planet home, safeguard our precious water, stop violence to women and girls, end industrial animal agriculture, redistribute resources, and safeguard our remaining and sacred lands for future generations. Janet also co-organizes Seeding Sovereignty’s nationwide rapid response COVID Indigenous Impact Community Care Initiative – recently approached by FEMA to support 59,000 Indigenous children – that works with and for Indigenous communities and unsheltered relatives.
Janet of Muscogee (Creek) heritage recently beat cancer again and continues to dedicate her life work to her daughter, all children, her many specied-teachers and to future generations so they may have thriving lives on a healed planet.
Eryn Wise (they/she) Co-Director / Communications and Digital Director / IICCI co-director
Dáanzho! Eryn Wise shizhi. Abáachi shi, Kawaik’a shi, maangaani ashti’. Ollero shi didé ashi Loosi ee shi ghá. Hello, my name is Eryn Wise. I am Jicarilla Apache, Laguna Pueblo. I am from the Ollero people (white clan) and I am from Dulce, NM.
Eryn currently lives on occupied Tiwa Territory as a guest from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Laguna Pueblo people. They are our Communications and Digital Director; working to interweave our projects, people, and platform to amplify our collective’s commitments to our communities, in addition to all our triumphs. Their own seed project is a reclamation of Indigenous narrative through storytelling.
They are currently co-directing Seeding Sovereignty’s Indigenous Impact Community Care Initiative and storytelling in Albuquerque, NM on the territories in between their traditional homelands.
Ensuring a future for generations to come is a duty and responsibility to them, and they center the traditional teachings of their predecessors in the work they do with youth and organizers they strive to build community with. They aim to do all their work in homage to their ancestors whose resistance ensured their existence. They are a human being, just like you.
S.A. Lawrence-Welch (she / they) the kakichihiwewin project director
Tanshii, S.A. dishinikashoon. Niiya Nêhiýaw pi Michif. Treaty 6 dooschin, Clackamas, Kalapuya, Chinook la tar (Portland, Oregon) niiwiikin. Mon famii shinicashoo LaRance, Anderson, pi Gardippie.
S.A. is a Métis / Displaced Néhiyaw Indigenous Advocate, Organizer, Speaker, Activist, Artist & Writer.
Their main focus of work has been on the lasting damage the Residential School System, Indian Boarding Schools & The 60’s Scoop left on First Nations people. They are an advocate for community gathering and cultural connection as a form of healing trauma.
S.A.’s goal is to see Indigenous representation and leadership in historically and presently non-Indigenous spaces.
Madeleine MacGillivray (she/her) Indigenous Impact Community Care Initiative - Mask Assistant, Climate & Policy Fellow
Madeleine is of Muscogee (Creek) heritage and is a lifelong climate activist and one of the original federal youth climate plaintiffs.
As a microplastics specialist holding a degree in Environmental Policy from Columbia University, she connects issues of water, fossil fuel, divestment, and sustainability.
She works to communicate complex issues with creativity, compassion, and empathy.
Kourtney Dunning (they/them) Land Defense and Community Liberation Director and Communications Assistant
Kourtney is Tigua Pueblo, Xicanx, y German. They are third gender using they/them pronouns.
They have organized around police brutality, migrant justice, and mutual aid with the intent to build community power in place of carceral systems.
They are a self-taught artist and work creatively through a variety of mediums. They practice navigating community organizing through a queer, abolitionist lens in the spirit of all their ancestors.
Bobbi Jean Three Legs (she / her) Climate Justice and Divestment Organizer
Hello, my friends and relatives, I greet you with a heartfelt handshake. My Lakota name is Comes Running Woman and my English name is Bobbi Jean Three Legs. I am Lakota Hunkpapa from Wakpala, SD located on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. I am a mother to two beautiful daughters. I graduated from college with my A.S. in Criminal Justice and A.A.S. Paralegal/ Lay Advocate degrees at Sitting Bull College. Before graduating, I had completed my Criminal Justice internship with Seeding Sovereignty.
Since 2016, I have organized at a grassroots level to raise national awareness about shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I have done this by organizing runs throughout Oceti Sakowin territory, and across the United States. The DAPL currently cuts through our treaty land and under our Mni Sose (Missouri River) located in Standing Rock, ND. I am currently working on a couple of national coalitions and divestment groups representing Seeding Sovereignty to help bring awareness to our relatives currently fighting the same fight in their homelands. Lila Wopila Tanka! Mitakuye Oyasin We are all related!
mayam garris (they/them/theybie) Land Steward at Ancestral Acres Farm
they have been farming consistently for the past 5 years, but they originally started farming with my grandmother in Monroe, NC. they owe it all to her, she is the one that brought them into this blossoming practice and responsibility.
they consider themselves a land steward, in deep loving relationship with the land, people, water, and animals. their love for life has brought them into farming. they are proud to pursue their first ever farming adventure as Ancestral Acres Farm and Garden in loving relationship with Seeding Sovereignty.
they hope to be growing food with Queer/Trans Community that is centered around QTIBIPOC joy, liberation, curiosity, and play!