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Shannon Francis

Board Member

Shannon is from Kykotsmovi, Arizona. Shannon is a certified Permaculture Design Instructor, focusing more on Indigenous Permaculture, the weaving of Traditional Ecological Knowledge with innovative science. The mother of six children, Shannon comes from twelve generations of earth caretakers and seed keepers. She is an active educator and has presented and taught widely on permaculture design and practicing Indigenous Permaculture at the Denver Indian Family resource, Rocky Ridge Boarding School on the Navajo Nation. Shannon is the Executive Director for Spirit of the Sun, Inc. located in Denver. Spirit of the Sun received the 2020 Human Rights Award from Youth Celebrate Diversity. Shannon co-created and led an Indigenous Permaculture Community Garden Project with the Four Winds American Indian Council. Shannon has received the Justin B. Willie humanitarian award (2014) on the Navajo Nation as well as the Cesar E. Chavez female leadership award (2015) for her work with Indigenous gardening, food justice, and community building projects in Denver.

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