Deenaalee is a Deg Xit’an Athabaskan and Supiaq from the villages of Gitr’ingithchagg (Anvik) and Qinuyang (South Naknek), Alaska.
They are the Creator and Host of On The Land Media Collective and a commercial fisherwomxn. They recently completed their Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Public Policy from Brown University.
As a Brown in Washington Fellow, Deenaalee spent time at the Wilson Center's Polar Institute understanding U.S Arctic national security and the impacts of climate change as they pertain to Arctic Indigenous Peoples. Their time in D.C has shaped the way Deenaalee approaches producing the first season of On The Land’s podcast, Our Arctic Presence, to engage audiences from multiple backgrounds.
Deenaalee has also worked as a restaurant manager, cultural interpreter, and raft guide in Denali National Park. These positions taught them the importance of communicating effectively with visitors from across the world, especially regarding the intricacies of Alaskan Native land rights.
They seek to guide policy-making decisions with a more holistic and Indigenous approachTheir intellectual pursuits and curiosities are primarily dedicated to sustainable fisheries, Indigenous rights, climate justice, and Arctic resilience. Deenaalee is an activist academic, having participated as a water protector at Standing Rock, organizing around the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and the protection of Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine.
As a rock climber, backcountry skier, hiker and kayaker, they hope to increase visibility and inclusivity in the outdoors for Indigenous youth and people of the global majority.