Tara Houska is National Campaigns Director Honor the Earth.
She is a citizen of Couchiching First Nation and a tribal attorney based in Washington, D.C. She was born and raised in International Falls, Minnesota, and was a triple major at the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her law degree. Since completing her studies, she has exclusively advocated on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels.
Her work has incorporated traditional knowledge and values, as Tara is a long-time student of Midewiwin. Her environmental justice efforts have ranged from grassroots organizing and media work to clerking for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to educating the public about the harms of stereotyping and promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere.
February 24, 2016, Bernie Sanders has named a new Native American advisor to the campaign. Tara Houska (Ojibwe) is a tribal rights attorney, as well as an environmental activist and a contributing columnist to Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN)
In her new role, Houska, who is Couchiching First Nation, will field press inquiries, recruit voters – particularly Native Americans – and assist with drafting Sanders’ Native American policy.
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, has said he will “work with the Native American community in preserving their heritage, and their way of life” and that he will do “everything” he can to “redress [treaty violations].”
Houska is also a National Campaigns Director with the environmental justice group, Honor The Earth, led by Native American leader and activist, Winona LaDuke. She is also founding board member of Not Your Mascots.
“I hope to elevate Native American issues at a high level,” she said. “Too much of America is unaware of the plights our communities face, and we are tired of hearing more of the same from politicians. I look forward to continued and expanded outreach in Indian country. Our voices and our votes matter.” ·
- [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/02/25/1490934/-Bernie-Sanders-Names-Tara-Houska-Native-American-Advisor-to-the-Campaign Daily Kos Bernie Sanders Names Tara Houska Native American Advisor to the Campaign By second gen Wednesday Feb 24, 2016]