Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is Policy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, and is a frequent contributor and columnist at Indian Country Media Network. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including awards from the Native American Journalists Association. Dina Gilio-Whitaker earned a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and a master’s in American Studies, both from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests focuses on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. For the past several years she 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.
In 2016 she published her first book along with coauthor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Beacon Press). This hard-hitting book shatters the most prevalent and pernicious myths and stereotypes that are embedded in the American cultural landscape. It has been critically acclaimed by the likes of Time.com, Salon.com, the Boston Globe, Mic.com, History News Network, and Truthout, and has been featured on CSPAN Book Talk, Native American Calling, the Brian Lehrer Show, Democracy Now, the Tavis Smiley Show and more.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker is currently under contract for her next book with Beacon Press which examines the history of environmental justice in Indian country.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dina is an urban Indian whose Colville mother came to LA during the termination years. She currently lives in San Clemente, California. Visit her website at www.dinagwhitaker.wordpress.com ; on Twitter at @DinaGWhit, and on Facebook.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s most noted work with ICMN is as follows:A Recent TV Slur Revives Debate About Sacheen Littlefeather and Her Role in Marlon Brando’s Oscar Refusal