Advocating for Indigenous Sovereignty Across Turtle Island
Our Mission is to Educate and Organize
Advocating peaceful dialogue and community engagement
Pandos peacefully advocates for basic human, environmental, and Indigenous rights. By organizing support and education, we encourage dialogue and the protection of our shared home. We are a diverse group of both native and non-native people who are passionate about working together to ensure this mission. We are passionate individuals focused on healing ourselves and our communities. We aspire to be good relatives.
A Little Bit About Us
We are builders, visionaries, caretakers, weavers, and storytellers.
The way we design our collaborative is through voices of Indigenous people. We have representation from the tribal nations Navajo/Dineh, Oglala Lakota, Arawak, Mayan, Garifuna, Choctaw, Haliwa-Saponi, Hopi, Mexican, Chemehuevi, and Tewa.
Indigenous mother and activist from the Oglala Lakota, Garinfuna, Mayan and Arawak tribes. She is a public health professional and works to build programs in collaboration with communities and youth, especially young girls of color. Jennifer enjoys learning through storytelling and Indigenous Ways of Knowing. She is passionate in learning about, and reconnecting to, Indigenous communities around the world. She currently serves as the Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support Board Chair.
Indigenous activist and defender of both political and sacred sovereignty of Indigenous people. He is a tribal member of the Colorado Rivier Indian Tribes being both Hopi and Chemehuevi. A cultural performer and presenter since his youth expressing his belief that everyone has been gifted unique medicines to offer their communities and should do so an an expression of gratitude to the Divine. Carl studied Political Science and American Indian Studies at Utah Valley University. He values critical thinking with the understanding of cultural context our egocentric worldviews. He believes everything and everyone around us is related and we ought to respect each other as a loving family should. He is the initator and co-founder of two Indigenous led nonprofits in SLC since 2016, Pandos and SLC Air Protectors. He also advocates for the SLC unsheltered community by giving both material and emotional support.
Tewa/ Din’e, Pandos Co-Founder. Helped organized the December 2016 Music Festival for raising funds for the legal funds for Standing Rock Water Protectors Organized the Pandos Defend the Sacred Powwow, Organized The Pandos Covid-19 Mobile Unit, and the Mni Luzahan Camp Covid-19 Mobile Unit in Rapid City, Helped Organized the Pandos Virtual Music Festival to raise funds to purchase the Covid-19 Testing Kits, Helped Organized Red Fawn’s “Protect all things Sacred” Powwow.
Dinè activist born into “The Water Flows Together” Clan. She is committed to serve her community and bring attention to everyday and historic issues that indigenous peoples face with emphasis on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Peoples. She currently serves as Chair to MMIW+ Utah and relies heavily on her belief that learning is an ever evolving process that can be transformative at any stage of life especially when placing that energy back into your community.
Self-described naturalist, who identifies his community as the Web of Life on Planet Earth. He has overseen a local community seedling project to provide garden vegetable starter plants in the local community. Tom became a peace activist in 2001, and was part of organizing rallies and vigils through 2008. He became involved with Pandos by way of offering to help improve the lighting used at the Defend the Sacred Powwow in 2018, and did the same thing for the 2019 Powwow. Tom views his involvement with Pandos as being aligned with his chosen ‘mission’ of working to nurture the welfare of the web of life, and has been thankful for opportunities to nurture some specific Sacred Medicine plants from seeds into healthy seedlings that are given freely to the community.
Rashena is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe of North Carolina, a tribe that calls rural, northeastern NC home. She is a Certified Public Accountant and an auditor by trade. She has served as national treasurer of Alpha Pi Omega, the country’s first Native American sorority. It is her hope to help spread financial literacy and build generational wealth for her people and community.
Community organizer that moved to Utah in 2011. She is the third- and fourth-generation granddaughter of European settlers and grew up on the occupied territories of the Nipmuc and Mohegan people in so-called Connecticut. Since 2015, Lindsay has organized and campaigned for the Sierra Club in Utah, working to promote a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Drawn to Utah’s unparalleled natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, she was inspired to find work protecting Utah’s people, environment, and natural resources. In 2016, she worked to co-found Pandos with local community activists who were all engaged in the world-wide uprising for Indigenous sovereignty, against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science in Community & International Development from the University of Vermont and previously served as Education and Outreach Coordinator for HEAL Utah. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys skiing, camping, gardening, and ceramics.
Dr. Hailey Haffey, PhD
Hailey received her doctorate in English at the University of Utah in 2018. Through her work in medical humanities and clinical narrative skills, she advocates for elevating Indigenous voices in healthcare education. Her past and present teaching, research, and writing actively engages literature, religious studies, gender studies, medical humanities, and narrative medicine. She is a current student in the Columbia University certificate program in narrative medicine.
Dee is a member of the Navajo Nation born for Edge of the Water clan. She is a Technical Consultant and finds opportunities through work and play to help Indigenous led efforts. She enjoys staying active and is a continual learner. Dee looks forward to each unique creative space Pandos facilitates and is grateful for the opportunitiy to elevate Pandos voices.
Leanne Rye Brock
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
We respect all Indigenous ways of knowing. We look forward to building community with you.
435 West 800 South Salt Lake City, Utah
I attended a discussion at BYU with PANDOS MMIW+ where I learned about manifest destiny and the Indigenous experience. The discussion enlightened me and opened histories that I never knew about of Indigenous people in the United States. I liked the experience because it was very frank with the facts. They allowed us to ask questions to better understand from our relative cultural perspectives how this history is important and how it has affected generations. The discussion was done in a manner of mutual understanding and not with a feeling of opposition.
Tell Us Your Experience
Learn More About What We Do
We are a diverse group and appreciate all talents. One day we may meet with political leaders, and the next, make breakfast for our Unsheltered Relatives. See our work in action and learn about our most urgent community issues.