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Take Action, Even If You're Scared


Take Action, Even If You're Scared

Yearning for good news? Hungry to get involved in IRL change? Well we could all learn a lot from our friend Tara Houska who has been smacking climate justice victories out of the park this summer. Frankly, it’s kind of hard to keep up. From big banks and big pipelines to big league football teams it’s clear that Tara really knows how to get things done. Maeve called her up to find out how we can learn from her summer of success. 


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Tara Houska

Tribal Rights Attorney, Activist & Founder of the Giniw Collective

Minnesota, U.S.A

Tara Houska, Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation, is an attorney, activist and founder of the Giniw collective - an indigenous-women led frontline resistance to protect the earth.

Tara advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a wide range of issues impacting Indigenous Peoples, and spent six months on the frontlines in North Dakota fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is heavily engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels – traveling the world to engage major banks and institutions around this goal – and a years-long struggle against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline


Tara is also co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere and was the former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. 


Support Tara

by taking action to stop the Line 3 pipeline and take steps to divest by visiting Stop the money pipeline


Follow Tara:

Twitter: @zhaabowekwe

Instagram: @zhaabowekwe


Learn more

Follow Tara’s work at the Giniw and watch her TED Talk.

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