Janet Flores, Guachichil (Mexico)
A celebrated social justice activist, critical thought leader and grassroots organizer, Janet Flores is Guachichil, Chichimeca from Northern-Central Mexico. She is from the place where the cacti flower blooms abundantly—a place commonly known as the ‘Gran Tunal.’ With the Haudenosaunee, she sits with the Oneida Wolf Clan. As founder of Brown Mujeres Media, Janet’s advocacy drives forward decolonization, dechristianization and indigenization. In defense of undocumented migrants from the South, Janet has administered fundraising campaigns and co-coordinated trainings for Rapid Response Networks with the Workers Center of Central New York.
A first-generation scholar from Texas, Janet is a recipient of a Great Plains Honors Council Dennis Boe Award and has co-published in the ‘Journal of Archeological Science: Reports.’ In community college, she served as the Honors Student Organization President for three elected terms where she crafted academic development workshops now implemented in honors colleges across the city of Houston. Over the past four years, her commitment to community has been acknowledged with multiple leadership awards.
Granddaughter of braceros who picked cotton in Texas and daughter to serial entrepreneurs, Janet is currently developing the Rematriation Magazine online multi-media platform with Michelle Schenandoah and Lisa Latocha. Additionally, she is a mentee of Akwesasne Mohawk Bear Clan Mother Louise McDonald under the Spirit Aligned Legacy Leader program.
Janet holds an Associate of Science and an Associate of Arts in International Studies with Honors Distinction from the Lone Star College System and is currently completing a B.A. in Geography at the College of Arts & Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Janet lives in homelands of the Onondaga Nation where she is part of a sisterhood of Indigenous women committed to changing the narrative of Indigenous women.