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Crystal Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, is President and CEO of Echo Hawk Consulting. Echo Hawk Consulting advises number of philanthropic clients on grantmaking, program development, research, communications, strategic partnerships and policy change strategies. Areas of expertise include: Charitable giving and grantmaking in Indian Country, Native American food sovereignty, nutrition, health, early childhood development, revitalization of Native languages, and issues related to the protection of tribal sovereignty, spiritual and cultural life ways and Native American youth.
Echo Hawk Consulting is also co-leading an unprecedented national initiative, Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconceptions. The project will develop public opinion research and a national strategy to tackle misconceptions, stereotypes, and the invisibility and false narratives about Native Peoples within mainstream media, government and American society. Native Americans will be empowered to begin to change the hearts and minds of policymakers, institutions and society to achieve policy changes and increased equity and inclusion that will improve the lives of Native peoples. Ultimately, the project will drive a multi-year strategy and campaign that will catalyze key federal and state policy changes ranging from health care, education disparity, food justice, and criminal justice reform to issues of sovereignty and natural resource exploitation.
Prior to leading Echo Hawk Consulting, Crystal served as the Executive Director for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation from 2009-2014, a national nonprofit organization established by 4-time PGA TOUR winner and NBC Sports/Golf Channel TV Analyst Notah Begay III. During her tenure, Crystal helped grow the NB3 Foundation from a small grassroots organization to an organization that has reinvested more than $9.7 million to fight the health epidemic facing Native children through strategic grantmaking, health and wellness programming, technical assistance, research and advocacy that benefitted more than 50 Native American communities, tribes and 24,000 Native children and families in 13 states.
Before working with the NB3 Foundation, Crystal served as the Assistant Development Director for the Native American Rights Fund and Tribal Planner for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Crystal received both her Masters Degree in Social and Political Thought and Bachelors Degree in European History from the University of Sussex at Falmer, England.