Meet The Team


Executive Director | Winona LaDukewinona.jpg

Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and Energy Policy. She co-founded Honor the Earth with the Indigo Girls, as a platform to raise awareness of and money for indigenous struggles for environmental justice. Globally and nationally, Winona is known as a leader in the issues of cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and sustainable food systems. She is one of the leaders in the work of protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

 


National Campaigns Director | Tara Houska

Tara Houska

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a wide range of issues impacting indigenous peoples. She spent six months on the frontlines in North Dakota fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is heavily engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere.


Special Projects and Administrative Director | Pamela Mahling Pamela Mahling

Pam is the lead on the Honor the Earth portfolio of renewable energy and jobs, focused on tribal communities in northern Minnesota.  She is helping jumpstart our economic development initiatives for Pine Point and other regional Tribal communities.  She maintains relationships with the network of state and federal agencies and associations related to economic development and renewable energy.  Pam has seen Honor through our tough transition time and provides invaluable office support and oversight.


Research Director and Deputy Director | Nicolette Slagle Nicolette Slagle

Nicolette has been with Honor for three years now. Over the past year, she has been mostly consumed with work on the Anishinaabe Cumulative Impact Assessment, an Indigenous review of Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 project.  When she is not busy working on that project and other research projects, she helps set Winona’s schedule, helps with other projects as needed, and strives to help keep everything moving smoothly.

 


Grant Writer and Development | Cecelia LaPointeCecelia LaPointe

She is Ojibway/Métis who is Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe or LaPointe Band of Ojibwe) and Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community - Michigan).  She is enrolled in Mashkiziibi and maintains a strong community affiliation to Kchiwiikwedong.  Cecelia works closely with the Executive Director to manage grant writing, submissions, and reporting.  She maintains and grows relationships with socially progressive funders and foundations.  Additionally, she collaborates with the development and organizing team to support and track grassroots fundraising.  Cecelia is the Founder and Owner of Red Circle Consulting, Waub Ajijaak Press, and is Poet published in over 23 Indigenous/Native publications.


Creative Media, Communications and Marketing | Sarah LitteRedFeatherSarah LitteRedFeather

Sarah is our social media manager, creating and sharing graphics, videos and photos of our events and actions. She is the powerhouse behind our web media social network, branding, merchandise development and marketing. In addition to her other marketing tasks, she tables at various events, takes part in Horse Nations rides and helps with other event planning.

 


Program and Re-granting Administrator | Bridget Guiza

Bridget Guiza

Bridget is from Southern California and is of Mexican heritage. She holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental systems and a master’s of science in planning. Her skills and experience include environmental & agricultural research, nonprofit project management, communications and advocacy, environmental science and policy, community outreach and public participation, and gender justice work. She has studied abroad in Costa Rica and traveled extensively within the U.S. She was raised on the principle that food is medicine, and co-leads a local food sovereignty company. She is currently working on various projects that connect food, agriculture, sovereignty, and climate and environmental justice. She currently manages Honor the Earth’s national re-granting program and coordinates other programs on White Earth.

 


Attorney | Frank Bibeau

Frank Bibeau

Frank and his wife live on Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.  Frank is continuing the traditional smoked whitefish and wild rice operations in Ball Club. Frank graduated from Bemidji State University in 1985 with a bachelors degree in political science. The following year while working at the Minnesota Legislative Session Frank met Winona and they started working on wild rice protection and labeling laws. Frank worked with the Native American Press-Ojibwe News nearly 20 years and is a 2000 graduate from William Mitchell School of Law. Frank’s legal work focuses on the Treaty rights of tribes and members to help protect the natural resources and for future generations.  Frank represented Honor the Earth in the Sandpiper Pipeline proceedings currently Line 3 Pipeline proceedings at Mn Public Utilities Commission. (Photo by Winona, December 2017).

 

 


Assistant Controller & HR, Payroll and Benefits Manager | Amber Burroughs

Amber was hired in 2017 as a part-time Accounting Clerk to assist our CFO Daryl Frazier while she finished her degree in Accounting.  Unfortunately, Daryl passed unexpectedly and the two never had an opportunity to work together.  Instead, Amber suddenly found herself in the position of helping the team frantically sort through Daryl's records to get the bills paid on time and ensure nothing was slipping through the cracks.  She proved herself an invaluable resource, and over the past year has taken on increasing responsibilities in our accounting and administration, now serving as our Assistant Controller and HR Payroll and Benefits Manager. She currently lives in rural Minnesota with her husband and toddler, and amidst all of that, completed her AAS this past spring. 


Line 3 Organizer and Events Coordinator | Alyssa Hoppe

Alyssa has worked with Honor the Earth since 2014 with the campaign to Stop the Sandpiper and the same corridor Enbridge is pushing for in the Line 3 battle. Her education and training are in traditional community organizing and project management. She works with the team as a Line 3 organizer, and does promotional development and coordination for events like the annual Water Is Life Festival in Duluth and the Welcome Water Protectors project.


Attorney | Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn provides legal services on pipeline and renewable energy matters.  He has worked on crude oil pipeline issues since 2008, and also has experience in renewable energy policy and development.  Paul started his legal career in Washington, DC, at the law firm of Van Ness Feldman, where he assisted clients in renewable energy and coal-fired power plant development, a variety of regulatory, legislative, and litigation matters, and Native American commercial law.  After leaving private practice, he began a career in the nonprofit sector, including employment by the Sierra Club, the National Environmental Trust, and Oceana in organizing and media.  He also has experience in community wind and solar energy development.  Paul holds a B.A. in Biology from Macalester College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.


Marketing and Event Coordinator | Kylie Lemley

Bridget Guiza

Kylie came to our team after spending 6 months at the Standing Rock protests. She provides on-ground and administrative support and can often be found helping plan events (or cooking for them!). Kylie is also a member of the Merchandise & Marketing Team, assisting in online order fulfillment and customer relations. 


 

 

 


Leech Lake Organizer, Water Protector, & Art Project Coordinator | Annie Humphrey

Annie Humphrey

Annie Humphrey is a Leech Lake enrollee. She has supported Honor The Earth for 20 years.  She lends artistic skills by singing, sewing, painting and riding in northern Minnesota communities and beyond.

 

 

 

 


Marketing, Events and Communications | Emily Mills

Emily Mills

Emily began volunteering with Honor the Earth in 2015, returned as an intern in 2016, and then became part of the staff. She is involved in customer correspondence, event organizing, compiling data into fact sheets, and can usually be found at events in a kitchen or behind a merchandise table.

 


IT Coordinator | Jason Root

Jason Root

Jason is a software specialist, database designer and web/app programmer. In his role as IT Coordinator Jason works with all other members of the team to help simplify, streamline and secure internal business processes. Jason graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2001 with a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems and has worked in the IT industry for various companies in wide variety of technology based roles since then. *In his spare time Jason enjoys parenting, gardening, studying philosophy, physics, ancient history and theology.

 


Controller | Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson is the new Controller at Honor the Earth. Matt is originally from the Minneapolis area,  Matt Nelsonbut always preferred the smaller community. He holds his accounting degree from Moorhead State University where he met DeeRae, a lover of cats. Both strong willed, they “compromised” on 1 dog and 5 cats. They have 3 children together Jacoby (4), Adelia (2), and Kyler (5 months) and live south of Detroit Lakes.

Matt has been a financial manager for several small businesses in Fargo. He (mostly) enjoys the variety of challenges smaller organizations often endure. He primarily focuses his attention on accounting, but has some experience in Information Technology and Human Resources. He is a lover of spreadsheets and would rather write strings of computer code, than a grammatically correct sentence.

He has a passion for the sport of wrestling. After a collegiate career, and high school coaching career, he is excited to move onto the next phase, coaching his oldest this winter.


Fond du Lac Organizer | Debra Topping Debra Topping

Art, Water protector, outreach and events. Debra has been working with Honor to educate and organize the Fond du Lac community.

 

 

 


 Speaker/Organizer | Rose Whipple

Rose WhippleFor Rose Whipple, the Line 3 pipeline project represents a direct threat to the land of her ancestors. The project — which would expand pipeline company Enbridge’s existing Line 3 pipeline allowing it to carry twice as much crude oil from Canada's tar sands mines to Lake Superior's western tip near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border — will transect Indigenous territories and threaten the way of life of the Anishinaabe and Dakota people. As an Indigenous organizer from the Isanti Dakota and Ho-Chunk Nations, Whipple has been speaking at high schools and colleges, as well as organizing local events to raise awareness of how the pipeline would harm the Great Lakes, rivers, treaty territories, and sacred Ojibwe sites, and fuel further climate change. The 17-year-old is also one of the 13 youth climate intervenors who were granted legal standing in the Line 3 permitting process in Minnesota, which allowed them to contest the project before the Minnesota Public Utility Commission. Despite fierce opposition, the commission approved the controversial project in June. Tribes and environmental groups filed three lawsuits in early August challenging the decision. Meanwhile, Enbridge has already commenced construction work on the pipeline in Canada. 


Special Projects Associate | Kristen Tharaldson

Kristen Tharaldson

Kristen is originally from Detroit Lakes. She holds a master’s degree in public health and worked on rural health policy issues for over ten years. She recently coordinated Minneapolis Healthy Start, a program to improve birth outcomes in Native American and African American urban communities. Kristen is a birth doula and founding board member of Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming, an indigenous led nonprofit in Bemidji working to restore traditional birth ways. She will be working for Honor the Earth as Personal Assistant to Winona LaDuke, and as a Special Projects Associate.

 


Duluth Staff, Minnesotans For Pipeline Clean Up Organizer |Allen Richardson

A long-time compatriot of Honor, Allen has been working with us to organize the Duluth community.


Solar Team

Solar and Sustainability | Ron Chilton

Ronnie has long been part of the Honor the Earth community, and this past year has taken a lead role in our solar thermal project.  He is responsible for the coordination of all solar installs, and coordination with tribes of all projects as needed.  He has been instrumental in the renovation of our small-scale solar thermal panel building.  He also helps coordinate our wild rice processing.

Solar and Sustainability | Jon Martin

Jon Martin is a husband and father of two children. His work with Honor includes manoomin processing, HVAC heating and cooling work, solar installation in Leech Lake and Pine Point, plumbing and small electrical work, carpentry and metal fabrication, and masonry and roofing. He is PV certified and has also helped with our Horse program care. Jon is one of Winona’s sons.

Solar and Sustainability | Terrence Bloom

Terrence Bloom is a single father of three children. He was born and raised in Ponsford, MN and is currently Jon Martin’s assistant. His work with Honor includes carpentry, plumbing, general construction, electrical work, tiny house building, metal fabrication, masonry and roofing.

Solar and Sustainability | Timothy Bloom

Timothy Bloom is a father of two children. His work with Honor includes carpentry, general construction, electrical work, and tiny house building. He is currently the fleet manager and works as a machinist.


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