Nellis Kennedy-Howard is the Sierra Club’s Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice where she leads the effort to transform Sierra Club into an organization that welcomes and values people from all walks of life. Nellis is an attorney with certificates in Federal Indian Law and Natural Resources Law, and previously served as Senior Campaign Representative of the Beyond Coal campaign in the Southwest region. Prior to working for Sierra Club, Nellis spent four years working alongside Winona LaDuke as Co-Executive Director at the national Native environmental non-profit organization, Honor the Earth. She became an environmentalist after she learned of the country's largest uranium spill, which took place just miles from her family's home on the Navajo Reservation and which has been poisoning generations of her family ever since.
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Sunday, November 11, 2018
People Like Me
Here are two numbers to chew on. 226 years. That’s how long it’s taken for this country to elect a woman like me to congress. 56 years. That’s how long people like me have been able to vote. Native Americans are the first inhabitants of this land. Yet we are one of the last groups recognized to...
Sunday, March 05, 2017
No Ban, No Wall: Native American and Human Rights Groups Join Forces With Environmental Movement to Stop the Border Wall
As Director of Equity, Inclusion and Justice at Sierra Club, I often hear the question: why doesn’t Sierra Club stick to “environmental issues”? Today we’ll be turning over our blog to guest writer Susan Thomas, a volunteer on the Sierra Club Borderlands team , to talk about the deep connections...