Conservation Changemakers Series (Online): Featuring Lyla June and Jheri Neri

Wednesday December 7

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7:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

Preregistration required for this program designed for adults and interested teens (13 and up).

Get ready to think about conservation in new and different ways! Be inspired as you hear from compelling speakers who are changing the conversation about our environment, making an impact in their communities, and thinking about how to make nature more accessible and equitable for all.

On December 7, we feature two influential individuals in their field:

Lyla June, Indigenous Scholar, Musician and Community Organizer 

Lyla June is an Indigenous musician, scholar and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives and solutions. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree, focusing on Indigenous food systems revitalization.

Jheri Neri, Founder of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition

Jheri Neri ( Ndé / Diné Nations ) spent the first 12 years of his adult life active duty in the U.S. Military. After being Discharged Honorably, he spent the next few years drinking, making a lot of bad decisions and finding sobriety. Since then, he served as a board member with the nonprofit Village Green Foundation for 5 years, and worked as a volunteer empowering kids and adults in the neighborhood by showing them how to build bikes with the MOBO bicycle cooperative. As an Indigenous Activist, Jheri has spent time responding to calls to action in Standing Rock, Flint Michigan, D.C. and many other places, and was instrumental in the abolishment of Columbus Day and creation of Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Anti Racist Coalition in Cincinnati, working with organizations such as Mass Action for Black Liberation, Ohio Justice and Policy Center, and Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center. Jheri volunteers as the Acting(visiting) N.A. Chaplin for Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and has done work with equaSion in Cincinnati on the Religion and Interfaith and Social Action Advocacy Subcommittees, and the Kentucky for the Commonwealth Racial Justice Committee. Jheri is currently the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition and has been sober for 8 years.

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