“Deriving her heritage from the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples of what is now North Dakota, Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impact that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America.
After competing her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, Ms. Mossett began her work with the IEN as Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator, engaging with more than 30 tribal colleges to instate community based environmental programs, discuss issues of socio-ecologic injustice, and connect indigenous youth with green jobs. She currently serves as the IEN’s Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer, focusing at present on creating awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands.
Her local work is complemented by international advocacy work, including participation in several UN Forums and a testimony before the U.S. Congress on the climate issue and its links to issues of health, identity, and well being on tribal lands.
Kandi’s message is powerful:
“Above all, fight to protect all life; be a voice for all those that can’t speak and never give up hope.” Always remember, “”You’re not guaranteed change when you make your voice heard against injustice; but you’re guaranteed to fail if you remain silent. Let’s open the book on a new chapter of peacemaking with Native Americans. I “”lichen”” it to an entire new language. I’ll be listening for the words she uses as a peaceful warrior for the planet.”
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