Passionate about her culture, identity and tribal sovereignty, Pike (Chiricahua Apache) has become an internationally renowned Indigenous rights and environmental leader. She began her advocacy journey at age 13 when she became one of the youngest people to ever testify in front of Congress. Today, she co-leads (with her grandfather Wedsler Nosie Sr. and mother Vanessa Nosie) the Apache Stronghold, a group fighting to stop a mining project that would desecrate Oak Flat, an Apache sacred site.
PATTI SILLS-TRAUSCH and COLUMBA SAINZ | March 3, 2022
Sills-Trausch is the Director of Faith in Action Ministry at Franciscan Renewal Center. She has worked closely with the center’s Care for Creation ministry in addition to many environmental groups in the Phoenix area. She will share a Franciscan spirituality outlook on how to care for Phoenix’s environmental sustainability. Patti will be accompanied by Columba Sainz, a field consultant for Arizona’s chapter of Moms Clean Air Force. She will share her own testimony about experiences with air pollution and red zones in Phoenix.
DOUG BLAND | March 7, 2022
Bland is one of the founders of Arizona Interfaith Power & Light (AZIPL) and has served as the executive director since 2009. AZIPL mobilizes people of faith and conscience in Arizona to reduce the causes of the climate crisis through spiritual reflection, education, advocacy and action. Besides his interest in connecting spirituality and ecology, Doug is passionate about the art of storytelling. Doug will speak about the interconnectedness of Phoenix's environmental sustainability with migration, land and gentrification issues.