Dustin

Dustin Garcia is a member of the Santa Ana Pueblo community, one of 19 Pueblo communities in New Mexico. He studied wildlife science and fisheries management at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and then worked with the Santa Ana Pueblo Department of Natural Resources on wildlife restoration. This background in wildlife science and his life as an avid outdoorsman led to a job as the director of the diabetes education program at Santo Domingo Pueblo. This began as a summer program to educate the community about preventing diabetes through diet and exercise, and then led to the creation of an additional after school program, an active lifestyle program, and the Kewa Youth Movement Department. Even while engaged in this work, in the fall of 2016 Dustin’s home became a hub for central New Mexico for donations collected from the Pueblos and surrounding communities for the camps at Standing Rock. After his program was ended in September 2016, Dustin made his 5th trip up to Standing Rock to Oceti Sakowin to assist in the development of Pueblo Camp, a camp well known for their work on broader camp security and on the Cold Water Rescue Team. After five months of living in Pueblo Camp, Dustin has recently returned home, to take up work against other pipeline projects across the US as well as other environmental issues threatening Indigenous land and culture.

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