Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is Policy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, and is an award-winning journalist at Indian Country Media Network.  With a bachelor’s in Native American Studies and a master’s in American Studies, Dina’s research interests focuses on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. For the past several years has been involved with Indigenous peoples’ participation in the United Nations arena.  She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigineity and the sport of surfing.  She is coauthor with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of the book “'All the Real Indians Died Off' and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans," and is currently under contract with Beacon Press for a new book on environmental justice in Indian country.