Executive Director | Winona LaDuke
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.
Special Projects and Administrative Director | 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.
Creative Media, Communications and Marketing | Sarah LitteRedFeather
Sarah is Anishinaabe who is our creative graphics designer, photographer, 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. Sarah is also a 'Water Protector.'
Program and Re-granting Administrator | 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 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.
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.
Leech Lake Organizer, Water Protector, & Art Project Coordinator | 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.
IT Coordinator | Lucille Contreras
Lucille is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas and has working in the Information Technology Industry since 1993. Lucille enjoys working for Honor The Earth and being part of the IT Team. She is passionate about environmental, cultural, and historical justice. In addition, Lucille is the executive director of non-profit, Texas Tribal Buffalo Project. (www.texastribalbuffaloproject.org)
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 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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