Kechina Nelson has a passion for protecting the land, her people, and keeping indigenous culture alive. She was born in South Dakota and comes from the Oglala Lakota Tribe.
Her father is Lance Nelson and mother is Henrietta Stands Nelson, both families come from long histories of activism — one an American Indian Movement family and the other descendants of the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.
Kechina traveled to Standing Rock as an activist to, in her words, “stand for not only the water but also to bring attention to how indigenous peoples all over are being treated by their colonizers.” Kechina also opposed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline with the Great Planes Tar Sands Resistance group here in Oklahoma.
Kechina’s work aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals Clean Water and Sanitation, Reduced Inequalities, Life on Land, and more. We are proud to have her in our community and our panel.
Join us on October 28th at 12 pm at Mayflower Congregational Church for our Global Goals, Local Leaders panel and fundraiser. There will be a silent auction and lunch buffet. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are $20 for adults and $10 for students.