Legal Worker Award: Leoyla Cowboy
Leoyla Cowboy is a citizen of the Dine Nation born to the Salt Water Clan (To’dikozhi). Leoyla studied Business Administration and Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has worked as a grassroots organizer with the Red Nation Coalition in Albuquerque and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Leoyla testified at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing on the criminalization of Indigenous people fighting resource extraction and worked with various groups on dismantling settler colonialism. Currently, she is an organizer for the Water Protector Legal Collective, prison abolitionist, and an active member of the NoDAPL political prisoners support committee.
Watch the video by Carl Williams Leoyla Cowboy dedicates award to Standing Rock prisoners. Accepting the award, Leoyla shares the fight for freedom and justice.
"Our lands are just like our grandmothers, our moms."
|Leoyla Cowboy in Jamaica preparing to testify on Standing Rock|
political prisoners at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Photo by Brenda Norrell
Leoyla Cowboy testifies before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica in May 2019 by Censored News: