(Blackfeet/Red River Métis)
Community Outreach Coordinator
Iko'tsimiskimaki "Ekoo" Beck (they/she) is enrolled in the Blackfeet Nation, a member of the Little Shell Chippewa Nation (Red River Métis) and German American. Ekoo has worked as a community organizer for Montana Women Vote, Western Native Voice, and Montana Native Vote and is extremely passionate about strengthening BIPOC solidarity and building communal power. Ekoo grew up in Missoula (the settler occupied homelands of the Bitterroot Salish) and spent much of their life on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. They graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in Social Studies, writing their senior thesis “The Black Robes must be to them in the place of their wise woman” on the forced reformation of gender and Blackfeet cosmology at the Holy Family Mission Boarding School on the Blackfeet Reservation. They are a descendant of many boarding school survivors who attended Holy Family Mission (MT), St Peters (MT), Fort Shaw Industrial School (MT), St. Ignatius Mission (MT), and Chemawa Indian School (OR) during the assimilative period. They are passionate about traditional ecological knowledge, language revitalization, family, community, and healing.