TRAINING TOUR

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The trainings will take place along the route of Keystone XL, and in the following cities:

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City Training 1 Training 2
Albuquerque, NM March 23 March 24
Denver, CO March 30 March 31
Minneapolis, MN April 6 April 7
SF/Bay Area, CA April 13 April 14
New York, NY April 27 April 28
Seattle, WA April 27 April 28
Chicago, IL May 4 May 5
Miami, FL May 11 May 12
Boston, MA May 11 May 12

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About:

The Promise to Protect is a commitment to resist fossil fuels where you live and prepare to take creative action along the Keystone XL pipeline route when called upon by Indigenous leaders. With millions of dollars being poured into fossil fuel projects each year, we must be ready to mobilize and fight back to protect the land, air, and water. Construction on Keystone XL may be delayed, but we know that fossil fuel companies like TransCanada will stop at nothing to build their dirty projects.

This tour will be historic:

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This year we will hit the road with the Promise to Protect Training Tour – a historic, Indigenous-led project coming to 9 cities across the United States that will provide skills and resources to activists who are resisting proposed fossil fuel projects in their communities and, if called upon, are committed to taking peaceful action on the route of Keystone XL. You’ll receive training on nonviolent direct action and support roles, political education, and protocols for mobilizing in Lakota territory and how to apply these lessons to local campaigns.

The mission of this tour is to educate, empower, and elevate the voices and skills of community members to take back their land and push out extractive oil and gas companies. After the training, community members will be equipped with the knowledge and support necessary to organize their own actions and trainings to stop the fossil fuel industry in their tracks and to demand that fossil fuels be kept in the ground.

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Meet the Trainers:

Judith LeBlanc is amember of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. For over three decades, she has organized and helped lead national organizations and coalitions addressing racial equity, foreign policy and economic justice. Currently, Judith is the Director of the Native Organizers Alliance (NOA), which is creating a national Native leadership network to support Native community organizing, strategic planning and capacity building trainings, rooted in Native traditional values, origin stories and practices. The focus of her work is community rebuilding and leadership development in Indian Country, the states in which tribes have large collectively owned land bases and Native urban populations. She is currently working with No KXL Dakota Alliance to protect the Missouri River Water Basin from destruction. She currently serves on the boards of NDN: Defend, Develop, Decolonize, The Natural History Museum, and lluminative.

 

Robert Chanate is a member of the Kiowa Nation and he is the training coordinator for the Native Organizers Alliance. Robert also volunteers with the Indigenous Peoples Power Project and other Indigenous organizations and groups. He is from Oklahoma and currently lives in Denver Co.

 

Faith Spotted Eagle is a 70 year old grandmother who lives on Ihanktonwan Dakota Territory (Yankton Sioux) in Southeastern South Dakota. She has been active in leading resistance against Tar Sands Development and the KXL Pipeline. As the Chair of the Ihanktonwan Treaty Committee and Brave Heart Society Grandmother, she helped bring forth the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred against the KXL Pipeline and the Tar Sands. She is the volunteer Coordinator of the Brave Heart Lodge on the Ihanktonwan Reservation, which seeks to preserve Dakota cultural beliefs for the future.

 

Andrew Catt Iron Shell is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians living among the Lakota. He is a founding member of the Native Organizers Alliance, former community organizer with Center for Community Change and The Western SD Native American Organizing Project. Currently, Andrew provides Community Engagement/Media Support for Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, building a Regenerative Community in the heart of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Andrew is father to six children, frontline water protectors who are all active in community organizing, non-violent direct action training and down for grassroots advocacy.

 

Anahkwet (Guy Reiter) is a traditional Menominee who resides on the Menominee Reservation. He’s the executive Director of a Menominee Indian community organization called Menikahnaehkem. He is a community organizer, activist, author, amateur archaeologist and lecturer. He also is a member of the Menominee Constitutional Taskforce. Anahkwet has organized a lot of events that have uplifted the human condition and demonstrated how enriching the Menominee culture is. He has lectured at Universities on the connection Menominee Indians have to the Menominee River. He has also written articles for Environmental Health News and others. When Anahkwet isn’t working you’ll find him enjoying time with his wife and children. Anahkwet is an advocate for indigenous people everywhere.

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Kendall Mackey is the Keep it in the Ground Campaign Manager at 350.org where she works to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry. She has been campaigning to stop Keystone XL for nearly a decade alongside Indigenous leaders, farmers and ranchers. She grew up in Kansas, and currently lives in Portland, Maine.

 

 

 

 

Deborah Rosenstein is 350’s U.S. Trainings Coordinator; she works to strengthen the grassroots climate movement by designing and facilitating a range of capacity building programs. Prior to joining 350, she worked for many years as a union member and labor educator. Deborah especially enjoys bringing people together across lines of difference and creating space for peer-learning and reflection. She takes inspiration from the Jewish Labor Bund’s concept of doikayt (yiddish for “hereness”), and stands in solidarity with indigenous activists in the U.S. and in Palestine.

 

NEW MEXICO:

Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and a co-founder of The Red Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

NYC:

Andreanne Catt is a 19 year old Sicangu Lakota/Eastern Band Cherokee from Rosebud, South Dakota. They are a chapter representative for the International Indigenous Youth Council- South Dakota Chapter (IIYC SD). They are also a non-violent direct action trainer for the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3) mainly focusing on teaching blockades & community organizing in her homelands. Andreanne creates and organizes activities to help the youth amplify their voices and further their skills in NVDA. Andreanne also works with the food sovereignty program at Thunder Valley CDC to provide healthy food choices for people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

 

LJ Amsterdam is a community organizer born and based in occupied Lenape territory/New York City. For over a decade she has created making-spaces and mobilizing-spaces for young folks through music, movement, and political education. As a trainer she leads nonviolent direct action trainings with the Ruckus Society, narrative strategy trainings with the Center for Story-Based Strategy, workshops with Frailty Myths, and her own Come Correct Trainings which she piloted at Standing Rock. She works locally against militarism, mass incarceration, and in solidarity with indigenous communities fighting for sovereignty and environmental justice.

 

Monica Hunken is a performer, teacher and organizer/DA trainer based in Brooklyn, NY. She co-founded Occupy The Pipeline to organize creative direct actions against the Spectra Pipeline in the West Village and coordinated the NVDA training program for Resist Spectra, facilitating over 80 trainings to block the AIM pipeline. She worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator with Sane Energy Project and continues to act as a trainer for them in NY state. Monica is a creative direct action trainer with Beautiful Trouble and GreenPeace and is currently organizing with Rainforest Action Network for a campaign targeting Chase Bank for funding fossil fuels, private prisons and detention centers.

 

DENVER:

Andreanne Catt is a 19 year old Sicangu Lakota/Eastern Band Cherokee from Rosebud, South Dakota. They are a chapter representative for the International Indigenous Youth Council- South Dakota Chapter (IIYC SD). They are also a non-violent direct action trainer for the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3) mainly focusing on teaching blockades & community organizing in her homelands. Andreanne creates and organizes activities to help the youth amplify their voices and further their skills in NVDA. Andreanne also works with the food sovereignty program at Thunder Valley CDC to provide healthy food choices for people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

 

MINNEAPOLIS:

Mysti Babineau serves as MN350’s Climate Justice Organizer, leading the Climate Majority Project and coordinating the work of the Policy Action Team and is the registered lobbyist for MN350’s sister C4 organization, MN350 Action. She has been involved with the Line 3 resistance for years from applying to intervene to attending public meetings and hearings, to lobbying at the capitol against legislation that would have greenlit construction to start with no environmental review and bypassing permitting processes and another bill that would have elevated charges for trespassing on critical infrastructure while extending liability to citizens. This year Mysti is excited to fight for a bill that will enact a task force to start collecting data on missing and murdered indigenous women and provide an annual report on how to stop the violence. Mysti is a mother of two, a sister, an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation and believes that together we will stopline3 and KXL.

 

Jessica Garraway is a long time black ecojustice, direct action trainer and organizer. Her work has primarily been focused on indigenous solidarity work and the work around the liberation of african people. She has done this by taking action against liquid genocide near the Pine Ridge Reservation, police brutality and white supremacist organizing in tandem with work fighting to dismantle the fossil fuel infrastructure. One of her proudest contributions to this was her work as an active organizer and shaper of the Mississippi Stand camp and mobile caravan resisting the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa. She has continued her work fighting pipeline projects by focusing her energy on the Line 3 pipeline. Jessica is also a vocalist and songwriter. Through her music she seeks to contribute to a visionary culture of resistance that inspires people to create healthy and just communities for themselves. All her work seeks to build the power of the people to resist the forces destroying our lives and our planet. She works primarily as an educator in the Minneapolis school system.

 

BAY AREA:

Joseph White Eyes is a 23 year old Lakota Grassroots Community Organizer/Activist. He is from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe located in Central South DaKKKota, aka Unceded Lakota Territory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cy Wagoner is from the Diné Nation in northern Arizona and is current based in the Bay Area, CA. He is currently on staff now for 5 years on the Action Team with Greenpeace in the US and sits on the Advisory Council with the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3) for 12 years now and also a member of the The Ruckus Society.

 

 

 

Harmony Lambert (Chumash Nation) lives on occupied Chochenyo Ohlone land in Oakland, CA where she works for Greenpeace USA’s Action Team. She specializes in theoretical and tactical non-violent direct action training and strategy, and is dedicated to spreading these skills widely to Indian Country, the environmental movement, and folks committed to social justice. Harmony’s mother brought her into the world of direct action when she was still young as a duty and a responsibility to those who came before her and those who will come after. Her activism focuses on Indigenous rights and sovereignty and their intersection with the environmental movement within a just transition framework. Harmony sits on the Advisory Councils of the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3) and Frailty Myths, and is a network member of the Ruckus Society.

 

CHICAGO:

Eleanor Ferguson represents the Oglala Lakota tribe, she lives where the plains meet the badlands on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Eleanor is the youngest to participate in this training, she maybe the youngest but she carries a wealth of knowledge. She is the representative for the International Indigenous Youth Council-South Dakota Chapter (IIYC SD). This youth led non-profit organization creates change within their indigenous communities to break systematic cycles that are affecting the indigenous peoples. Eleanor strives to inspire other youth by proving that regardless of your age, it is possible to create change by voicing your youthful perspective.

 

Phillip Catt-Ironshell comes from the Oglala Lakota people out of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He currently works with Thunder Valley CDC learning to build off-the-grid greenhouses. He has also taken up gardening since starting there and plans on learning about solar energy. He also works with Indigenous People Power Project (IP3) and is learning NVDA skills, so that he can teach his own community as well as other communities.

 

 

 

Brian Gómez is passionate about environmental issues, clean energy, and youth empowerment. Originally from Mexico City, Brian lives in Chicago IL. Currently, he works with high school students at the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action, a youth-led organization he co-founded in 2015. He also works at the Sierra Club, for the Sierra Student Coalition, working on their summer programming. Brian is a Net Impact, ACE, and YP4 fellow alumnus and on the youth board at Earth Guardians. In the past he has done work locally and nationally, advocating for sustainable resolutions in Illinois, at the federal level, and at UN and World Bank spaces with SustainUS.

 

Dallas Goldtooth is the Keep it in the Ground campaign organizer at the Indigenous Environmental Network. (Mdewakanton Dakota and Dine) – Dallas travels extensively across Turtle Island to help fossil fuel and hard rock mining impacted communities tell their stories thru social media, video, and other forms of communication. Dallas is an IEN media team lead, working with IEN staff, board, and organizational partners from a diverse group of climate justice networks. Along with his many tasks and duties with IEN, he is also a Dakota cultural/language teacher, non-violent direct action trainer, and was one of the outstanding Water Protectors at Standing Rock/Oceti Sakowin Camp fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s, a poet, journalist, traditional artist, powwow emcee, and comedian.

 

SEATTLE:

Vivien Sharples is a longtime Seattle-based social justice activist who has organized, participated in and trained people in nonviolent direct action for over 30 years. She has worked with many movements over the years, focusing in the last few on the connections between racial equity and climate justice, working with 350 Seattle and the Seattle group Race and Climate Justice. In her day job she works as a workplace conflict resolution practitioner, providing conflict coaching, mediation, group facilitation, and training to public sector employees. She has trained well over 3,000 people in in a very wide variety of contexts in peacekeeping, direct action, anti oppression, conflict resolution, mediation, group facilitation, consensus decision-making, and racial equity.

 

Joseph White Eyes is a 23 year old Lakota Grassroots Community Organizer/Activist. He is from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe located in Central South Dakkkota, aka Unceeded Lakota Territory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOSTON:

Eleanor Ferguson represents the Oglala Lakota tribe, she lives where the plains meet the badlands on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Eleanor is the youngest to participate in this training, she maybe the youngest but she carries a wealth of knowledge. She is the representative for the International Indigenous Youth Council-South Dakota Chapter (IIYC SD). This youth led non-profit organization creates change within their indigenous communities to break systematic cycles that are affecting the indigenous peoples. Eleanor strives to inspire other youth by proving that regardless of your age, it is possible to create change by voicing your youthful perspective.

 

Phillip Catt-Ironshell comes from the Oglala Lakota people out of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. I currently work with Thunder Valley CDC learning to build off-the-grid greenhouses. I have also took up gardening classes since starting there and plan on learning about solar energy. I also work with Indigenous People Power Project (IP3). I am learning NVDA skills so I can teach my community as well as other communities. I plan on furthering my skills and to keep moving forward for my myself as well as my community.

 

 

Kyle Ahlers is a Boston-based activist and volunteer with 350Mass. She works in food rescue and mental health. Outside of work, she advocates for restorative justice and LGBT youth. Social justice and environmentalism have always been a part of her life, and she is thrilled to be joining the Promise to Protect team.

 

 

 

 

 

Ida Aronson is a member of the United Houma Nation and a member of the indigenous art collective Cancuba Collective of Southeastern so-called Louisiana (www.cancubacollective.com). They/them pronouns, please. #indijewnous

 

 

 

 

 

MIAMI:

Dita Devi is a painter and poet from South Florida of Indian ancestry. Her paintings focus on the celebration of people of color, through embracing their heritage and history. As a poet, her work incorporates concepts of social justice and care for our planet. She strives to encourage people through art, to live a nurturing lifestyle to their plant, animal and human relatives. In 2017, she was the featured poet to deliver a poem to Senator Bernie Sanders regarding climate change and gentrification in his visit to Miami. Dita Devi works with 350.org utilizing art, music and poetry as a means to spread awareness and calls to action to Earth justice issues and organizational work with climate events.

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The Promise to Protect is a commitment to engage in peaceful, creative resistance to Keystone XL along the route when called upon by frontline and Indigenous leaders.

We will make a series of stands along the route – nonviolent but resolute displays of our continued opposition to a project that endangers the land, water, climate, and all of us.

Partners

This tour is being supported by the Promise to Protect steering committee: Brave Heart Society, Dakota Rural Action, Wiconi Un Tipi, Native Organizers Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and 350.org

Local Partners for the Training: 

350Seattle
Sane Energy Project
350 South Florida
Stand.Earth & Idle No More SF Bay
MN350
350 Chicago
350 Colorado
The Red Nation
350 Mass/ Better Future Project

To see the full list of partners for the Promise to Protect, click here.