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Downstream Podcast features the voices of prominent indigenous leaders as they critically engage with what conservation looks like in a modern world.  Throughout the podcast episodes you will learn about the history of the upper Coosa River basin, the legacy of forced removal of indigenous people and what leaders of the Cherokee, Muskogee, and Choctaw tribes have to teach us about how to care for our natural landscape.

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Rebecca Jim, Cherokee, Executive Director of LEAD Agency and Tar Creekkeeper in Oklahoma

Rebecca is a lifelong activist dedicated to holding organizations accountable for the environmental and health impacts of unchecked industrial practices.  As a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance she is the Creekeeper for Tar Creek in Oklahoma which is considered a Superfund site due to the extensive damage caused to the creek from mining operations.  She has worked diligently to find ways to remediate the creek that runs orange from contamination. She is a co-founder of LEAD agency which is a grassroots environmental justice organization dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the people living in Miami, Oklahoma and the surrounding areas in Ottawa County. 

 

Dr. Allen Bryant, Cherokee, Faculty Director of Indigenous Communities at Appalachian State University in Cherokee, North Carolina

Dr. Bryant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum and the founder and director of Appalachian State’s Gadugi Partnership. The partnership is a dual enrollment program between Appalachian State University and Cherokee High School. He received his B.A. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A. in American Indian History from the College of William and Mary, and his Ph.D.  in History Education from the University of North Dakota. His research is in American Indian history and the history of American Indian education, with a focus on the Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

LeAnne Howe, Choctaw, Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia

Leanne is a writer and a professor at the University of Georgia (UGA)  Her writings include Native and indigenous literatures, performance studies, film, and Indigeneity.  She is the author of three novels, two poetry collections, three screenplays. She’s lectured nationally and internationally throughout the UK, Europe, and Japan.

Rev. Chebon Kernell, Muskogee, ordained Elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

The Rev. Kernell is formerly the executive secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries for the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries. In this role, he has worked with the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops assisting in a denominationally mandated effort to improve relationships with Indigenous communities through dialogue, study and local or regional acts of repentance acknowledging harms inflicted upon Indigenous communities.



Rev. Chebon Kernell, Muskogee, ordained Elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

The Rev. Kernell is formerly the executive secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries for the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries. In this role, he has worked with the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops assisting in a denominationally mandated effort to improve relationships with Indigenous communities through dialogue, study and local or regional acts of repentance acknowledging harms inflicted upon Indigenous communities.



Rev. Chebon Kernell, Muskogee, ordained Elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

The Rev. Kernell is formerly the executive secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries for the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries. In this role, he has worked with the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops assisting in a denominationally mandated effort to improve relationships with Indigenous communities through dialogue, study and local or regional acts of repentance acknowledging harms inflicted upon Indigenous communities.