Princess Daazhraii Johnson is the Executive Director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, one of the oldest Indigenous non-profit groups in Alaska.
The Gwich'in Nation has been working at protecting the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now for over 30 years. The birthing & nursing grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, for which Gwich'in villages throughout Alaska and Canada depend upon, is located on the Coastal Plain sometimes referred to the 1002 Area which continues to be the target for oil & gas development. In addition to this immediate threat, Alaska is also at the forefront of Climate Change. Mrs. Johnson will discuss the grassroots efforts of the Gwich'in to protect their way of life and how they have been able to sustain these efforts over the years.