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.
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.
Pearl Praise Gottschalk
Pearl Praise Gottschalk is a philanthropist, educator, and indigenous rights activist. She holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Peace Building and an undergraduate degree in International Development with a focus on disability and peace processes. She was formerly the Charitable Givings Ambassador and International Volunteer Trip Leader with LUSH Cosmetics from 2010-2015 where she managed a multi-million dollar fund for grassroots charities. She has worked as a Refugee Advisor and Grants Manager with the Winnipeg School Division, as well as an Environmental Campaigner and grassroots activist with many environmental NGOs in Canada. Pearl has traveled to 50 countries and has lived, volunteered, and worked with myriad grassroots communities, indigenous communities, and NGO's around the world. She currently volunteers for a retreat center in Mexico, is a proud Ambassador for the oceans with 5 Gyres, and loves salsa dancing, making Mexican food, and rock climbing.
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.
Stefano Varese, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Native American Studies, University of California, Davis. Stefano is an anthropologist, author, and indigenous rights activist. He is the founder of the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA) and has authored numerous books, including, Witness to Sovereignty, and Salt of the Mountain. He has received numerous awards to his service to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and advancing the concept and practice of human rights anthropology.