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Jonathon Freeman

Director & Founder, Native Roots Network

Jonathon Freeman (Choctaw, Chichimeca) is a culturally centered, social entrepreneur who promotes community revitalization through art and social justice. With over twenty-five years of experience in Native community cultural continuance and expressive efforts, he has led and developed Indigenous culture focused programs and has worked in philanthropy as a funder of Native Arts. Jonathon has curated and co-directed the Native Arts Cultural Collective Art Exhibition, a Native arts exhibition and cultural festival aimed to claim and create space for Native artists to tell their stories through the arts–both western and traditional. Jonathon is the founder and director of Native Roots Network, a nexus of traditional wisdom, cultural innovation and cross-cultural education to advance Native communities and act as a catalyst for community action and engagement.

Jonathon works as a Community Organizer with the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. He is a graduate of DQ University and has a BS in Recreation Administration from California State University, Chico. He is a photographer and an avid trail runner and ultra-marathoner. Jonathon serves as a board member and vice chair of the Local Indians for Education as well as the advisory board for Shasta Trail Runs.