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Announcing IAC Virtual Conference Keynotes: Nick Tilsen and Nicole Masters

The team at the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is so pleased to announce the two keynote speakers for the 2020 IAC Virtual Conference to be held December 7-10.  Nick Tilsen is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NDN Collective, and Nicole Masters is founder of Integrity Soils and author of For the Love of Soil

“Nick’s vision for LANDBACK is a great way to kick-off our event,” said Zach Ducheneaux, Executive Director of IAC. “It will tee up two days of discussions about the things we’re already doing with the land that IS in our control, and how we continue to offer the template for sustainable and equitable economic development for the rest of the world.” 

Kelsey Ducheneaux, Natural Resource Director for IAC said Masters is a great and relevant addition to the event as well, “Our cultural stories tell us there is so much to learn from what cannot be seen with our eyes. As descendants of the original land stewards of this continent, we inherently know the importance of rich, fertile soil. Nicole Masters espouses worldly expertise in promoting soil health that is amplified by her keen awareness of our Indian producers’ role in the agricultural industry. Nicole will share tips to unleash your soil’s potential and generate the most long-standing improvement possible to your operation’s bottom line.”

Keynote speaker information:

NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen, Oglala Lakota, is speaking Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. 

Speech title: “LANDBACK – A Movement for Collective Liberation” 

LANDBACK is a movement for collective liberation that is building Indigenous power and returning Indian lands back into Indian hands. It is continuing on the legacy to not only fight for our lands but build the Indigenous communities of tomorrow on our terms.

About Nick:  Nick Tilsen is President and CEO of NDN Collective and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Tilsen has more than 18 years of experience building place-based innovations that have the ability to inform systems change solutions around climate resiliency, sustainable housing, and equitable community development. He founded NDN Collective to scale these place-based solutions while building needed philanthropic, social impact investment, capacity and advocacy infrastructure geared towards building the collective power of Indigenous Peoples. Tilsen has received numerous fellowships and awards from Ashoka, Rockefeller Foundation, Bush Foundation, and the Social Impact Award from Claremont-Lincoln University. He has an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University.

Nicole Masters Founder of Integrity Soils is speaking on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m.

Speech title: “The Land is Listening”

Landscapes communicate about historic and present management, offering gifts to those who listen. This communication is happening at every moment, and at every level, from our underground livestock to plant roots, plants to animals. Observing and asking deeper questions enable responses that are more effective than any modern technological systems. Reestablishing the hotline between land to people, and people to land, is the key to diverse, regenerative, resilient landscapes. 

About Nicole:  Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, systems thinker, author, and educator. She is recognized as a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker on the topic of soil health. Her team of soil coaches and educators at Integrity Soils work alongside producers in North America and across Australia and New Zealand, supporting producers to take their operations to the next level in nutrient density, profitability, and environmental outcomes.

Her book titled: For the Love of Soil showcases examples of the tools and principles producers are using to regenerate their soils. Describing a step-by-step triage of actions, so that you too can regenerate your land.

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