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    The Initiative on Indigenous Rights


Lise Balk King First Fellow of the Initiative on Indigenous Rights:

Lise Balk King is a recent graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration. While completing her studies, she proposed the Initiative on Indigenous Rights to the Carr Center, and was appointed as a Fellow. She has twenty years of experience working in media and communications, specializing in their applications as tools for political advocacy, education and social change.

Ms. King's work first focused on using major media and corporate engagement for mainstream advocacy and education, focusing on environmental issues and social justice. After completing work on MTV's first major documentary project, DECADE, which won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, she initiated and co-produced a short series of environmental action pieces for MTV News.

Lise relocated to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1992, where her focus shifted to indigenous human and civil rights, political and social advocacy, community education and economic development. She transitioned into independent media and grass roots education. She co-founded Native Voice Media, The Native Voice, an independent national Native American newspaper, and The Native Voice Film Festival.

Ms. King has two children, ages 10 and 18, who are enrolled members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. As a non-native with decades of experience living and working in Indian Country, Ms. King has become known as a “bridge-builder,” providing leadership in cross-cultural communication and advocacy. [[ Dynamic data was lost here ]]

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