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Percilla Frizzell (Diné) is a 2018 Echoing Green Global Fellow and founder of Sacred Generations alongside her formerly incarcerated husband (Shoshone). Their personal proximity to pain and power as system-impacted Indigenous peoples of this stolen land has brought them together to protect sovereign nations and #HonorTheSacred. Sacred Generations is a Native-led movement of medicine organizing system-impacted tribal communities to end educational inequity, mass incarceration and climate injustice in Native California and beyond. Percilla graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in education. After Teach For America, she studied community organizing at the Harvard Kennedy School with Marshall Ganz. Percilla manages a portfolio of systems change strategies to restore Native people and land; including teaching and leading healing spaces in prisons, consulting for education organizations and advocating for tribal communities by serving on national advisory councils for Native education. Sacred Generations was named a finalist and honorable mention for #SacredVote by Fast Company 2019 World Changing Ideas in the Social Justice, Experimental and General Excellence categories.
"Our proximity to pain and power brought us together to protect sovereign nations and honor the sacred."