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Quannah Chasinghorse        

Indigenous Activist & Model

Born in the Navajo Nation in Tuba City, Arizona, Chasinghorse is Hän Gwich'in of Eagle Village, Alaska, on her mother's side and her biological father is Nathan Chasing Horse (Sicangu-Oglala Lakota from South Dakota). Chasinghorse spent her early childhood in Arizona, Mongolia, and New Mexico before returning to her maternal homelands in Alaska at the age of six. She was raised with her two brothers, hunting, fishing, dog mushing, and living a subsistence lifestyle by their single mother. She lived in Kenny Lake and then Fairbanks and she attended Effie Kokrine Charter School.

Chasinghorse is a fourth-generation land protector for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the Alaska Wilderness League. She said she does not want future generations to have to keep fighting. At age 17, she sat on the International Gwich’in Youth Council, traveling to Washington, D.C., New York, and Colorado. She lobbied against oil leasing that would damage the refuge and supported HR 11-46, a bill that would permanently protect the land. She participated in climate rallies both locally and in Denver. She has spoken on climate action and indigenous rights at a number of events and panels.

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