Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Published April 17, 2017
Updated June 9, 2021

Dina Gilio-Whitaker is policy director and senior researcher at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She owns DGW Consulting.

A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, her research interests include political autonomy among indigenous nations and the complex relationship between Native American communities and  modern America. Additionally, she has completed research in critical sports studies, specifically as it relates to the intersection of indigenous culture and the sport of surfing.

Whitaker’s book “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans examines commonly held myths and beliefs about Native American culture and history. Her latest book is As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock.

She is a frequent contributor to the Indian Country Media Network and her commentary has been featured by a number of news outlets including the Boston Globe, Mic.com and CSPAN Book Talk.

Expertise: Native American culture, critical sports studies, indigenous peoples, surfing, Native American history, higher education

Location: San Clemente, Calif.

E-mail: dinagwhitaker@gmail.com

Phone: (949) 612-5276

Twitter: @DinaGWhit

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