IllumiNative is building an innovative organizational network that fosters meaningful participation from a diverse and committed collective of Native storytellers, artists, youth, organizers, tribal and grassroots leaders as well as non-Native partners in entertainment, media and social justice.
Our work is led by a circle of consultants, an Advisory Board and an Advisory Council comprised of highly talented and committed individuals who are deeply connected to their own communities and have successfully undertaken groundbreaking work in their respective fields.
Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee) is founder and CEO of IllumiNative. Throughout Crystal’s career, she has been a respected, passionate and successful advocate for the rights of Native Americans with a special emphasis on Native children and educating philanthropy and different sectors of the American public to help transform public perceptions of tribes and Native peoples. Through her company, Echo Hawk Consulting, she and her team have worked to create new platforms, narratives, strategies and investment that can help to catalyze transformational change for and by Native Americans. Crystal was recently recognized by the National Center for American Indian Economic Development as its 2018 “Native American Woman Business Owner of the Year.”
Crystal recently designed and co-led the 2-year, $3.2 million research and strategy setting initiative Reclaiming Native Truth Project. The project was completed in June 2018 with the national release of the research findings that have been widely recognized as groundbreaking. Through the vehicle of IllumiNative, Crystal will work with a respected team of Native artists and thought leaders in pop culture, media and social justice to advance new narratives for Indian Country in partnership with Native communities and allies that can transform hearts and minds and dismantle the invisibility, erasure and toxic narratives that impact Native peoples today.
Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota), President & CEO, American Indian College Fund
Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), Partner, Pipestem Law & Playwright
Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), President & CEO, Echo Hawk Consulting