Melissa Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson is a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker and indigenous scholar-activist. She is the President/CEO of The Cultural Conservancy (which she had directed since 1993) and professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. Her work is dedicated to indigenous rights and revitalization, biocultural heritage and environmental justice, intercultural solidarity, and the renewal of community health and cultural arts. Melissa has edited two anthologies, Original Instructions – Indigenous Teachings For A Sustainable Future andTraditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability. She currently serves on the boards of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and the Sogorea Te Land Trust. Anishinaabe, Cree, Métis, and Norwegian, Melissa is a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She was a Mesa Refuge resident in 1999 and 2018.