Our Vision

We are a collective of Indigenous organizers of the Great Plains working to resist and Indigenize colonial institutions, ideologies, and behaviors. Our homelands are located in the vast grassland of Turtle Island, situated between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River and stretching from the Northern Tundra to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Our People

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Sikowis Nobiss, BA, MA

Founder & Decolonizer

Nehiyaw/Nahkawiyinîwiw

George Gordon First Nation

Sikowis@greatplainsaction.org

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Ronnie James

Administration & Mutual Aid

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Mahmud Fitil, BS

Frontlines Action & Logistics

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Crimean Tatar Nation

mfitil@greatplainsaction.org

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Alexandrea Walker

Youth Political Engagement 

Ho-Chunk

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

caxsepziiga@greatplainsaction.org 

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Foxy Onefeather

First Foods Steward

Chichimeca

Guanajuato, Mexico

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Regina Tsosi

BOD - Secretary/Treasurer

Diné 

Navajoe Nation

Sage Sisters of Solidarity

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Terrance Medina

BOD - Chair

Santee Sioux and Dakota

Santee Sioux Nation

Fatherhood is Sacred

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Trisha Cax-Sep-Gu-Wiga Etringer, BA

Operations & Digital Media

Ho-Chunk

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

tetringer@greatplainsaction.org

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Jessica Engelking, BA, MA

Research & Social Media

Anishinaabe 

Decendant of  White Earth Band of Ojibwe

jengelking@greatplainsaction.org 

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Lance Foster, BA, MA, MLA

Elder Advisor

Ioway

Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

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Keely Driscoll

Youth Political Engagement 

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Alton One Feather, Sr.

First Foods Steward

Hunkpapa & Mnicoujou

Standing Rock & Cheynne River Nations

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Carolyn Raffensperger, MA, JD

BOD - Member at Large

Executive Director

Science & Envronmental Health Network

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History

Resist and Indigenize

Great Plains Action Society started to build in 2014 but was formally created in August 2016 out of the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement largely fought at the Standing Rock reservation and throughout Iowa. However, founder, Sikowis (Christine Nobiss), had been building a Indigenous organization in Iowa for years prior, She has also been organizing in Canada since the age of 19 and in the US since 2005. During the NoDAPL resistance, Sikowis created a Facebook page called Iowa to the Camp of Sacred Stone in order to gather donations for the Standing Rock camps. The page grew into what is now a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. The society held its first official meeting on October 15, 2016

Using notions of Indigenous sovereignty and traditional ideologies, we strive for environmental and social justice which are two issues that cannot be separated. As our climate changes, more people will suffer and our mission is to help prevent the atrocities that are occurring to our earth and the people she nurtures.

We do a lot, but our heart is set on raising awareness about the devastating effects that fossil fuels and Big-Ag have on our environment while simultaneously promoting the development and implementation of renewable energy and regenerative, Indigenous farming practices. Iowa is the most biologically colonized state in the country and the number one contributor to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico due to commercial farming and commercial infrastructure projects. 

There are more than 14,000 Native Americans from various nations living in Iowa, but only one settlement- the Meskwaki Nation. A majority of Natives in Iowa also reside in Sioux City. Due to the fertile and productive quality of Iowa's soil, settlers were extreme about moving Indigenous Peoples out of the area. For that reason, Great Plains Action Society seeks to coalesce the Native people and their allies in this state so we may act and speak with a collective BIPOC voice. Our aim, as the Seventh Generation is to work from traditional, cultural, and Indigenous perspectives thus recognizing that we are stewards for Mother Earth.