Dallas Goldtooth

“We still have the capability and the capacity to dream big. To dream for something better for our next seven generations … to have those complicated conversations about why are we here, who we are representing, and what we are bringing to this space.”

  • Name: Dallas Goldtooth  
  • From: the Dakota and Dine tribes of North Dakota 
  • Occupation: Cultural/language teacher, environmentalist, traditional artist, poet, and comedian 
  • Known For: Indigenous Environmental Network 
  • Awards: Pritzker Genius Award Nominee

Dallas Goldtooth is from the Dakota and Dine tribes of North Dakota and is the Keep It in the Ground organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. The organization is an alliance between Indigenous peoples who come together to protect the Earth. Through the knowledge and traditions of the Indigenous peoples, they work to fight contamination and the exploitation of land. Outside of his environmental work, Goldtooth is also a cofounder of the Native American sketch comedy group, the 1491s. They depict contemporary Native American life with comedy, which Goldtooth believes can be used to achieve reconciliation and healing.

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