Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day By Joining This Special Online Discussion

On October 10th, Trail Runner and Rising Hearts are celebrating Indigenous excellence in running with a panel of leading Indigenous athletes, scientists, and artists.

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Join Trail Runner and Rising Hearts for a special live broadcast of the Grounded Podcast with host Dinée Dorame about Indigenous representation in running, this Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2022. 

This live podcast will feature runners from across Native lands and will dive into representation at the highest levels of the sport, like the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. 

This will be a celebration of Indigenous excellence in running, past and present. Please join us!



Herman Fillmore is a Washoe Tribal member and the director of their Culture/Language Resources Department. Herman spent his youth attending the Washoe Tribe Language Immersion school and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2012, where he received his BA in Native American Studies and minored in Linguistics. Herman has spent the past 10 years learning, teaching, and revitalizing the Washoe language and culture.

Celia Santi resides on Ohlone land in Oakland, California, and is the Director of Community and Purpose at GU Energy Labs. She oversees GU Gives: GU’s commitment to supporting non-profits by creating access to physical movement, environmental stewardship, and food awareness to everyone, especially underserved and underrepresented communities. Celia is passionate about connecting people, creating change, and inspiring others to find health, wellbeing, and happiness in the outdoors.

Yatika Starr Fields is an artist and runner with an emphasis on studio painting. He is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Osage, Cherokee, and Mvskoke Nations. He currently works in Tulsa as a fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. His artistic and running endeavors have taken him around the world, working with institutions, museums, and organizations in a continuous dialogue to help broaden views of contemporary Native art and wellness today. After graduating high school in Stillwater, he attended the Art Institute of Boston and then lived in New York City, completing a decade on the east coast.

In recent years, his work has taken a shift to represent the contemporary political terrains we live in today, often layered with figurative, cultural, and historical motifs. His compositions are colorful and dynamic, leaving the viewer to move their eyes and find relatable elements to their own journey. From studio paintings, to running practices, to murals, an orchestrated landscape of unbounded possibilities and solutions are revealed, giving and creating space for new narratives to take shape and grow.

Lydia Jennings is a runner, soil scientist, science communicator, and citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Lydia earned her Bachelor’s of Science from California State University, Monterey Bay in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy, and her PhD at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Sciences, with a minor in American Indian Policy.

Lydia often incorporates running into her scholarship, either through running to celebrate Indigenous scientists, or to bring awareness about soils and Indigenous landback movements. Currently, Dr. Jennings is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Community, Environment and Policy at the University of Arizona. In addition to her science research, Lydia is passionate about diversifying the outdoor recreation community and using running to engage more youth in science.

Ya’at’eeh Shi Dine’ doo Shi K’ei. Shi ei Craig Curley yinishye. Kin[ich7i’nii (Red House People Clan) Nishlí. Kinyaa’1anii (Towering House Clan) Báshíshchíín. Kinlichee hoolyéédéé’ éí áyisíí naashá. 

Hello everyone. My name is Craig Curley. I am of the Red House People Clan and born for Towering House Clan. I am currently a professional athlete for Saysky, a Danish company.

Dinée Dorame is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and is Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge clan) born for Naakai Dine’é (Mexican People clan). Her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tótsohníí (Big Water clan) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Naakai Dine’é. Dinée graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently the Associate Director of College Horizons, a national non-profit supporting Native students in their pathway to higher education. She is also the host of the Grounded Podcast with Dinée Dorame, which explores the intersection of running, community, land, and culture with athletes of all backgrounds.

Prior to these roles, Dinée worked for three years as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University, where she coordinated Native American Outreach and Recruitment. She enjoys finding ways to intersect her work in higher education with running and movement by serving as an advocate for Indigenous land recognition and representation in the running industry. Dinée also volunteers her time as an At-Large Delegate for the Yale Alumni Association, and as an application reader/evaluator for several national scholarships.

Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel – Kul Wičasa Lakota, is a citizen of Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) as well as a passionate and devoted advocate for Indian Country and all people. Nationally known for her advocacy and grassroots organization for anti-pipelines/climate justice efforts, change the name/not your mascot, the epidemic and crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), justice-equity-diversity-inclusion efforts, filmmaking, and native youth initiatives. Her experience in grants and project management, policy, blogging, public speaking, and organizing have been leveraged by both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to quality healthcare, MMIR, the Violence Against Women Act, and a variety of other worthy causes.

Jordan is the founder and community organizer of Rising Hearts, an Indigenous-led grassroots group devoted to elevating Indigenous voices and promoting intersectional, collaborative efforts across all movements with goals of racial, social, climate, and economic justice. The primary focuses are to inform, elevate, mobilize, and organize through strategic and targeted advocacy, establishing collaborative partnerships to help create a better and safer future and environment for all of our relatives who inhabit this planet, past, present and future.

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