Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and a consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. Dina’s research focuses on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice and education. At Cal State San Marcos, she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports and decolonization. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. As a public intellectual, Gilio-Whitaker brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times and High Country News.
She is the co-author of "All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans." Her newest book is "As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock."