Traditional ecological knowledge is a key solution to many of our modern struggles. Political leaders who acknowledge this level of cultural and environmental understanding when making policy decisions could open a way of life in America that would empower all people and encourage healthy, sustainable landscapes. A modern mind that has great influential power in this realm of thought is Dina Gilio-Whitaker, an educator, surfer, journalist, author, and member of the Colville Confederated Tribe.

Dina uses the power of verbal and written word to expand human knowledge of indigenous life in the Americas and the power decolonization can have on our modern living practices. Knowledge is a powerful source of conscious living for all humans. Dina has spent time documenting and sharing her experiences, wisdom, and opinions through lectures, articles, and books. At California State University San Marcos, students have the chance to absorb the valuable awareness she has gained in a formal classroom setting.