Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Indigenous Studies Expert

Education

M.A., American Studies, University of New Mexico

B.A., Native American Studies, University of New Mexico

Introduction

  • Lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos
  • Contributor to the magazine Indian Country Today Media Network
  • Independent consultant and educator on environmental justice and other Indigenous policy-related issues
  • Author of As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock and co-author of All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

Experience

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a former writer for ThoughtCo. She is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and an independent consultant and educator on environmental justice and other indigenous policy-related issues. She has also authored and co-authored books about indigenous policy. In addition, Dina works as an educator in a K-12 American Indian education program in southern California. 

 

Education

Dina Gilo-Whitaker holds a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and a master's degree in American Studies (focus: Native Studies) from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests are decolonization theory, indigenous environmental justice, and international indigenous issues. As an undergraduate, she graduated summa cum laude and graduated with distinction from her master's program.

Awards and Publications

Native American Journalists Association Media Award, 2015 

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock (Beacon Press, 2019) 

All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Beacon Press, 2016) 

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