What: In Paris with the Indigenous Environmental Network (www.ienearth.com)
Where: From North Dakota
Why: “That’s something we always have to be mindful of… how people see us... There have been numerous times in the past where developed nations or companies have brought indigenous peoples there just to be a token image without a decent, sincere engagement with Native people.
I think that’s changing now, I think that’s been changing for the last decade. But we’re at a critical moment where we have a younger generation that is very mindful of that and that pushes back on that…and we’re seeing more examples of people dominating that space [that they are invited to], and saying ‘you’re going to ask us to be here, we’re going to do it on our terms and say what we want to say.'
We have to be careful when we wear regalia, obviously cameras like that, photographers love that. But we have to make sure we have messaging with it so that it’s not taking out of context.”