Kaimana Barcarse, whose passion is using the wa'a (canoe) as a platform to strengthen Hawaiian language and cultural skills, is the Coordinator of Hawaiian Language and Culture for the ʻĀina (Place) Based Education Department of the Kamehameha Schools. He is a deep-sea voyager and captain, and has instructed at the High School, University, and community levels in the disciplines of Voyaging & Navigation and Ethno-zoology. He is also the Program Director of Alana I Kai Hikina, a Hawaiian Language Radio Show at KWXX-FM, an indigenous focused photographer, and the current co-chair of The Cultural Conservancy's Board of Directors.
Jose Malvido (Yoeme, Tohono O’Odham, Xicano)
Jose Malvido, MA San Francisco State University (Ethnic Studies). Jose formerly served as the Native American Programs Manager for the Seva Foundation and Program Coordinator for the American Indian Child Resource Center. In November 2000, Mr. Malvido began his tenure as the North American coordinator of the Peace and Dignity Journeys, which covers the territories, form Alaska to Panama, an intercontinental spiritual movement that works to unite Indigenous Peoples throughout North, Central, and South America. Jose currently serves as vice-president to the board of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. Jose brings extensive experience supporting the work of indigenous peoples internationally from a philanthropic as well as an active member in grassroots organizing.
L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem)
L. Frank Manriquez is a Native California Indian artist, tribal scholar, cartoonist, language advocate, singer, and self-described “decolonizationist.” L. Frank has exhibited her artwork (paintings, sculpture, weavings, photography, cartoons, regalia) in museums and galleries locally, nationally, and internationally. L. Frank is the co-founder of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. She works to revitalize indigenous languages as a language trainer utilizing Total Physical Response (TPR) and motivational and experiential methods. L. Frank is also on the board of directors of Neshkanukat, and for fifteen years served on the board of directors of the California Indian Basketweavers Association. She is a strong advocate and practitioner of sustainable living and builds straw bale and waddle and cob buildings. L. Frank is the author of two books, Acorn Soup, a collection of cartoons, and First Families: A Photographic History of California Indians, both published by Heyday Books. She is a regular contributor to News From Native California. Click for more information.
Kimla McDonald, Secretary, M.A.
Kimla McDonald is trained both as a landscape architect (University of California, Berkeley) and as a midwife, and is currently working in the health care field. She has worked as a producer of documentary films with the Earth Island Institute's Sacred Land Film Project. She has decades of experience protecting sacred sites and working with Native nations in the desert Southwest and serves as a special advisor to our indigenous health projects. Kimla is an original founding board member of the Sacred Land Foundation, the parent organization to the Cultural Conservancy. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.
Priscilla Settee, Ph.D. (Cree)
Priscilla Settee is a member of the Cumberland House Cree First Nations from northern Saskatchewan, Canada, is a Professor of Native Studies at University of Saskatchewan and a leading indigenous rights advocate locally and internationally. Her many roles include: chair of Saskatoon's only Aboriginal high school, member of the Iskwewak group that focuses on disappeared and missing Indigenous women, board member for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Canada's leading progressive think tank), Faculty Fellow at the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research at the University of Alberta, Research Fellow at the Adivasi Academy in Gujarat, India, former board member for the Indigenous Women’s Network, and leader of a project with Andean and Amazonian students at the University of San Marcos in Peru. A frequent speaker on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Indigenous Women's Rights and Environmental Rights, Settee’s most recent book is Akemeyimow, Indigenous Women's Stories.