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Ep 23 - Len Necefer, Ph.D.

Sends And Suffers

Len Necefer Native outdoors founder and ceo From the navajo nation, lives in tuscan az now, climbers, skis, Len Necefer, Ph.D. is the founder of Natives Outdoors, a outdoor gear company that works with indigenous artists and athletes to create gear that supports outdoor recreation on tribal lands. He is a member of the Navajo Nation & he holds a Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy. @lennecefer @nativesoutdoors https://www.drlennecefer.com/ https://linktr.ee/NativesOutdoors --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sendsandsuffers/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sendsandsuffers/support

1hr 18mins

17 Jun 2021

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Adventure, Activism and Allyship with Dr. Len Necefer: Episode 7

The Caroline Gleich Show

Dr. Len Necefer is one of my favorite people and I’m so excited he could join us on the show! Len is a climber, mountaineer, skier and scholar and the founder of Natives Outdoors – a business with the mission of empowering indigenous communities through their products and storytelling for a sustainable world. He has a Ph. D. and is a professor with the American Indian Studies program at the University of Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas & a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Previously, he worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio on supersonic vehicle research and most recently worked for the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs supporting tribes realizing their energy futures through research and grant making. His research focuses at the intersection of indigenous people and natural resource management policy. He serves on the board of the Honnold Foundation and the American Alpine Club. In his free time, he’s outside – rock or ice climbing, ski mountaineering and bikepacking to tell stories about environmental activism and Indigenous history. These stories have been documenting through his writing and photography and he’s been featured in Alpinist, Outside, Besides Magazine, Patagonia’s Cleanest Line and various film festivals. In this episode, we talk about Len's adventures with skiing, mountaineering and climbing and he shares lessons he's learned from adventures in the mountains that can help us during challenging times. We hear about the accomplishments he's most proud of, as well as some failures he's made along the way. He shares Navajo wisdom. We discuss his love of memes! Then we go in to more difficult topics: we talk about cultural appreciation vs. cultural appropriation and he gives us his take on what authentic allyship looks like.  Follow Len on Instagram.  Follow Natives Outdoors on Instagram.  Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks Collapse: How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message

1hr 18mins

24 Apr 2020

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INTERVIEW: Len Necefer, Founder of Natives Outdoors

Yonder Lies: Unpacking the Myths of Jackson Hole

Content from this interview with Len Necefer, Founder of Natives Outdoors, was used in Episode 3: Indigenous Presents. We hope you enjoy the full conversation!


15 Mar 2020

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Len Necefer – Ep. 10


Len Necefer – Episode 10 Len Necefer grew up seeing first hand many of the struggles that indigenous people face each day in our current world, from poor working conditions to homes without running water, to a lack of opportunities in Native communities. These experiences placed Len on a path to help improve everyday life for indigenous people. At first, Len worked toward this goal through his work at the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy supporting tribes realize their energy futures through research and grant-making, but switched his path when the protection of  Bear’s Ears National Monument was threatened.  After hearing the news about Bear’s Ears, Len quit his job and started Natives Outdoors as a social media project aimed at highlighting the stories and photos of Native people in outdoor recreation. Since its founding, Natives Outdoors has expanded from a social media project to a company that provides advisory and consulting services to the outdoor industry on topics within the intersection of tribes, public lands, and outdoor recreation. Through Natives Outdoors and his ongoing advocacy for Native communities, Len has and continues to make meaningful impacts to the world! The Links Find Your OM Instagram – @findyourom.official Facebook – @findyourom.official Website – www.findyourom.net Len’s Links Len’s Instagram – @lennecefer Natives Outdoors – @nativesoutdoors | natives-outdoors.com The Mentions Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee – Film Screenings The Fifty Project Ep. 17 – youtube.com/watch?v=ZBokg-bzY_s Cody Townsend – @codytownsend | codytownsend.com Connor Ryan – @sacredstoke Click here to listen to our previous interview with adventure photographer Lael Wilcox! The post Len Necefer – Ep. 10 appeared first on FIND YOUR OM.


11 Nov 2019

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Len Necefer - Professor & Founder of NativesOutdoors

Get After It PDX

Hear Native American outdoor athlete/activist and board member of the Honnold Foundation Len Necefer talk about growing up in Kansas and the pivotal decision to move with his mother to live in the Navajo Nation in Arizona at a young age, the balance and juxtaposition of identity and experience between his Native American family on his mother's side and European-descended family on his father's, what lead to his interest in energy issues and social justice (and later climbing and skiing!), how he came to work for (and eventually decide to leave) the US Dept. of Energy, the creation of NativesOutdoors as a social media project and how it evolved into a well-connected apparel and media company, challenges he's faced as a Native American along the way, what the future holds for him and NativesOutdoors, and much more! Follow him: @lennecefer @nativesdoutdoors natives-outdoors.com @honnoldfoundation honnoldfoundation.org Brought to you by the Aimsir Distilling Company, a new distillery focused on great flavors and a warm environment.  They love the way spirits taste, but more importantly, they love that they bring people together to make memories, build bridges, and crystalize the moment. Opening in Spring 2020 in NE Portland.  Follow @aimsirdistilling


27 Oct 2019

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#214 Len Necefer | Fisher + Baker


In today’s episode, we’ll cover the relationship between people, land, and how we use the land. My guest is Len Necefer, a Professor with appointments in American Indian Studies and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Len’s newest film,  "Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee" explores the impact of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development on the local Gwich’in people in Northern Alaska and Canada. Len is the founder of Natives Outdoors, an outdoor apparel company that supports indigenous people through cultural empowerment, and a board member of the Honnold Foundation, Alex Honnold’s foundation which supports solar energy initiatives to create a more equitable world.  Our Company Spotlight is with Fisher + Baker, a seven-person men’s apparel company based out of Minneapolis. Fisher + Baker uses technical fabrics in casual menswear designs where you wouldn’t expect to find technical fabrics. I’ll interview Alexa Stodola and Maggie Maloy about the company, then Roommate Max and I will see if Fisher and Baker is as timeless, purposeful, and functional as they claim to be. Episode Sponsors SAXX Underwear: Use the code "meister" at checkout for $5 off and free shipping! https://www.saxxunderwear.com/ The Nomadik: Use code: "meister" for 20% OFF your first purchase at https://www.thenomadik.com/meisterEpisode Links Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee - https://www.gwichyaazhee.us/ About Len - https://ais.arizona.edu/users/len-necefer Natives Outdoors - https://www.natives-outdoors.org/ Honnold Foundation - http://www.honnoldfoundation.org/ Fisher + Baker - https://fisherandbaker.com


6 Jun 2019

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Len Necefer on Advocacy, Storytelling, Building a Business, and Diversity

The Adventurepreneur Podcast

Today on the pod I have Len Necefer. Len is the founder and CEO of the apparel, story telling, and advocacy company Natives Outdoors, a professor at the University of Arizona, and board member with the Honnold Foundation and American Alpine Club. His work lies at the intersection of conservation, energy, outdoor recreation, and indigenous peoples - how’s that for a fascinating and impactful mix.   Our chat weaves through topics like advocacy, storytelling, aligning yourself to what you believe in, building a business, and diversity equity and inclusion. I want to leave plenty of time for the discussion, so without further ado, here’s my conversation with Len Necefer. Hope you enjoy.   Show Resources: Natives Outdoors Len’s Bio at University of Arizona Gwichyaa Zhee Movie Honnold Foundation American Alpine Club Len’s Piece in Alpinist Dispossessing the Wilderness by Mark David Spence An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

1hr 5mins

22 Apr 2019

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Len Necefer - Indigenous Advocate

Mountain & Prairie with Ed Roberson

Len Necefer is a scholar, entrepreneur, and outdoor adventurer who is also a proud member of the Navajo Nation. Academically, Len holds a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, and he is currently a professor of both Indian Studies and public policy at the University of Arizona. In business, he’s the CEO of NativesOutdoors, a cutting-edge outdoor apparel company that uses its platform to advocate for the cultural empowerment indigenous people. And to top it all off, Len is a committed mountaineer, backcountry skier, and rock climber, having ticked off countless impressive adventures throughout the West. It is clear that Len has accomplished a lot personally, but what is even more impressive is the positive ripple effect his work is having on the outdoor industry. By melding his professional expertise, personal interests, and cultural heritage, he has become one of the leading voices advocating for Native American representation in outdoor recreation and conservation. His work and personal story have been featured in big-time publications such as Outside and Alpinist, and he’s recently delved into filmmaking with his newest film Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee. As you’ll hear, Len has a unique ability to educate and inspire, and his message is striking a chord with a large, engaged audience. As you’d expect from a guy as multifaceted as Len, he offers up a wealth of knowledge in our conversation. We talked about his Navajo heritage and discussed the unique history and culture of the Navajo tribe. We chatted about his recent film and discussed the of impact oil and gas development on Native populations in areas such as Bears Ears and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We chatted about the need for mutual respect between the outdoor industry and indigenous groups, and Len explains two fascinating case studies around rock climbing on sacred Native lands. He gives an excellent overview of his company NativesOutdoors, and he explains why he chose to start a business instead of a non-profit. And as usual, we discuss favorite books, films, and the best advice he ever received. Thanks so much to Len for carving out time to chat. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! http://mountainandprairie.com/len-necefer/ https://www.natives-outdoors.org http://mountainandprairie.com/support/ TOPICS DISCUSSED: 4:10 - How Len describes his work 6:15 - Len’s early years 7:00 - Navajo background 9:00 - History of the Navajo tribe 12:00 - Len’s new film: "Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee” 16:15 - Oil and gas development’s impact on humans 19:40 - Historic native management of landscapes 22:15 - Preservation of people as new phase of conservation 27:15 - NativesOutdoors 33:00 - For-profit versus non-profit 34:00 - Native Americans and the outdoor industry 38:30 - Climbing Case Studies: Devil’s Tower versus Bears Ears 43:00 - How does he accomplish so much? 45:00 - Len’s work ethic 48:15 - Best books about Native American culture 50:45 - Favorite books about the West 52:00 - Favorite films 53:30 - Most powerful outdoor experience 56:15 - Favorite locations in the West 57:00 - Best advice ever received 58:30 - Request of the listeners 59:15 - Connect with Len

1hr 1min

30 Mar 2019

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EP 060: Len Necefer

Right To Roam

Howdy Roamers and thanks for checking out another episode of the Right To Roam Podcast! You’ve made a choice, in playing this episode, that will highlight some great sociological and cultural influences in conservation. Chris and Adam are joined by Len Necefer. Len is an Assistant Professor with the American Indian Studies program & the Udall Center for Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Len’s research is focused on the intersection of indigenous people and natural resource management policy. He also spends a pile of time in the backcountry on skis and rocks for recreation.We hope you enjoy this episode and in doing so will take the time to leave us a rating and review on whichever podcast platform you choose to access the Right To Roam Podcast. Additionally, please share this or your favorite R2R episode within your social circle. Finally, don’t forget to hit that subscribe button so as not to miss upcoming episodes and R2R special content. Happy Trails!

7 Mar 2019

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A Conversation With Len Necefer

The Firn Line

In the final episode of 2018, I go back to a September conversation with climber, educator and activist, Len Necefer. Len holds a Ph.D in Engineering and Public Policy, and is founder of Natives Outdoors, an outdoor products company whose products serve to support indigenous people. • We discuss Len's roots and identity as a Navajo, experiencing racism in college, and his love for climbing and the outdoors (among other things). • •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Music by Evan Phillips: evanphillips.bandcamp.com/album/cabin-…s-volume-one •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Links: https://www.natives-outdoors.org/ https://www.thefirnline.com www.evanphillips.net https://www.patreon.com/thefirnline •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Sponsors: www.alaskarockgym.com/ www.moosestooth.net/ www.hoardingmarmot.com/ www.behindthesuntherapeutics.com/ •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Cover Photo: Gabriel Ellison-Scowcroft


27 Dec 2018