Data for Indigenous Justice (DIJ) is an Alaska Native-led non-profit which homes a database for missing and murdered Indigenous womxn, girls and relatives data. This organization is led by Alaska Native womxn with great intention, care and love for our community.
We feel the grief from our loved ones who have gone missing and murdered. We know that MMIWG2S have also been missing in data. According to the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), within the United States, Alaska ranks 4th with the highest cases, the city of Anchorage has the 3rd highest cases of all cities in the nation (Luccessi & Echo-Hawk, 2018). The data comes from one of the only reports to have compiled data specifically for MMIWG. The UIHI report demonstrates the data gaps and lack of records at multiple levels. These numbers are only what is known so far. These numbers are absolutely unacceptable and are problematic.
Together this team co-founded Data for Indigenous Justice to bring an end to the gaps in data and to do this heart work in a good way.
Charlene Aqpik Apok, Iñupiaq
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Charlene is currently Director of Gender Justice and Healing at Native Movement, an Indigenous-led non-profit in Alaska. Charlene has served in many spaces as an advocate for Indigenous Womxn, Indigenous Sovereignty, climate justice and Indigenous rights to health and wellbeing. Charlene is a lifelong learner in both her cultural traditions and decolonizing academia. She is a mother to Evan Lukluan. She earned her B.A. in American Ethnic Studies with a minor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, an M.A. in Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development, and is a doctoral candidate in an Indigenous Studies PhD program. Charlene gratefully resides in Anchorage on the territories of the Dena’ina peoples. Here she has taught the Iñupiaq language and is part of Kingikmiut dance group with her son son.
Board of Directors
Jody Juneby Potts, Han Gwich’in
President & Co-Founder
Jody is an enrolled Tribal member of the Native Village of Eagle and a Doyon shareholder. Jody is currently the regional director at Native Movement, an Indigenous-led non-profit in Alaska. Jody served as one of the first female Sergeant Village Public Safety Officers in Alaska and as the Director of Public Safety at Tanana Chiefs Conference for many years. Jody is a traditional tattoo artist, an Ironman triathlete, and a dog musher. Jody lives in Fairbanks with her three children.
Dr. Malia Villegas, Alutiiq
Secretary & Co-Founder
Dr. Malia Villegas currently serves as the Vice President of Community Investments at Afognak Native Corporation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a graduate degree from Harvard University. Previously she served as the Director of the Policy Research Center at the National Congress of American Indians. Malia and her family reside in Washington state.
Treasurer & Co-Founder
Abigail is the Director of Urban Indian Health Institute and Chief Research Officer, Seattle Indian Health Board. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and minor in Human Rights, and a Master of Arts in Policy Studies. Her greatest accomplishment is her place within her extended family. She is a wife, a mother, an auntie, a daughter, granddaughter, friend and community member.
Original logo design by Too Oozhrii Nickolai, Athabascan. Digitized by Nora Gecan.