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About Spirit of the sun

An Indigenous women-led organization 

We are an Indigenous womxn-led nonprofit located on Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), Hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho), and 48+ other tribes' sacred land, working to empower Native communities through farming, education and rematriation.

Meet our Team

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Shannon Francis

Executive Director

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laya buchanan

Grant Writer

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Sydónne Blake

Marketing and Youth Media Hub Coordinator

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Shaina gonzales

Director of Operations & Indigenous Toddlers and Teachings Coordinator

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Kendall Barcia

HR & Indigenous Toddlers and Teachings Program Support Coordinator

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CHENOA FRANCIS

Youth Outreach Coordinator and Agricultural Support

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MELISSA RIVAS

Consultant

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TAYLOR JONES

Food Share Lead

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Adalie Rivas

Food Share & Indigenous Ag Support

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Nick MONGE

Admin Support

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GISELLE ARROYO

Youth Program Coordinator

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EUMALINA KRUECK

Youth Program Coordinator & Food Share Support

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JEYAVANI

Contractor

Our Board

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Debbie Echo-Hawk

Secretary/Treasurer

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Howard Potter

Board Member

Image by Melanie Kreutz

Eileen Little THUNDER-MASQUAT

Board Member

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