REDOIL board and Staff: 

 

Chairman Robert Thompson: Mr. Thompson was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and is Inupiat.  Mr. Thompson has been actively involved with numerous organizations whose purposes are to inform, educate and benefit indigenous peoples.  Mr. Thompson currently lives in Kaktovik, Alaska where he is a wilderness guide.  Mr. Thompson is passionate in his advocacy to protect the ocean and land that his people rely upon to meet subsistence needs.

 

Vice-Chair Faith Gemmill:  Ms. Gemmill is Pit River/ Wintu and Gwich’in of Arctic Village, Alaska.  Ms. Gemmill has worked tirelessly to protect and uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples.   Faith is a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) Faith also currently serves as the Vice-President of the California Indian Environmental Alliance. Prior to the work with REDOIL, Faith served as the Program Director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee for nearly a decade, working on issues of oil development, human rights, and defense of homelands for the Gwich'in Nation.  Faith has given her time and talents to addressing issues regarding Indigenous Lands and Indigenous Rights for two decades.  Her prior engagements also include serving as an Executive Council member on the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Board Member of Honor the Earth, and National Wildlife Federation.

 

Secretary/Treasurer Glen “Dune” Lankard: Mr. Lankard is an Eyak of the Eagle Clan who has been a lifelong resident of Cordova, Alaska.  Mr. Lankard is a commercial fisherman and actively involved in protecting and advocating indigenous people’s rights, culture and values. Dune serves on the board of several Environmental and Indigenous Rights organizations as well.  

 

Board Member Alannah Hurley: Ms. Hurley is Yup'ik from Saguyaq (Clark's Point) in the Bristol Bay region. She was born and raised in rural Alaska and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with a B.A. in Native American Studies with a focus in Leadership and Sovereignty. She has worked extensively in community development and environmental justice. After college she has worked for Nunamta Aulukestai and Trout Unlimited in outreach and education fighting the unsustainable resource development facing Bristol Bay, mainly the Pebble Mine issue. She enjoys learning her Yup'ik culture and is dedicated to helping make self-determination a reality for Alaska's indigenous people.

 

Executive Director Ms. Gemmill is currently the Executive Director of REDOIL (See Bio Above)