Eryn Wise comes from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Pueblo of Laguna (Paguate). They are a nonbinary community advocate centering the work they do around body sovereignty, protection of cultural cornerstones, the liberation of unceded Indigenous lands, waters, and lifeways, and people of the global majority.
They have been honored to be part of leadership teams within the International Indigenous Youth Council, Seeding Sovereignty, and Love and Healing Work. The work they’ve done with youth leaders and grassroots organizers has earned national accolades including the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award which was shared by United We Dream, Color of Change, and March For Our Lives.
Ensuring a future for generations to come is a duty and responsibility to them, and they honor the traditional teachings of their predecessors by continuing to build intersectional communities in the spirit of kinship and Indigenous resurgence. They aim to do all their work in homage to their ancestors who continue to empower and inspire their journey.