Chas Jewett, Rural Democracy Organizer & Tribal Liaison

Chas Jewett joined CURE in January 2018. In her role as Rural Democracy Organizer & Tribal Liaison, she is working with the Rural Democracy Project and CURE’s water programs. Chas has worked for many years in western South Dakota as a community organizer. She’s been involved with national health care reform efforts, national banking reform efforts, and local reproductive justice organizing. She has organized GOTV efforts in Lakota counties for multiple election cycles.

A water protector since she was in the 3rd grade, last year Chas traveled to Ireland to participate in a Water Thinkery and in August 2017 she walked the Missouri River, led by Ojibwe elder Sharon Day. She also maintains the “No KXL through Treaty Lands” Facebook page and camped at Standing Rock with the Kul Wicasa Oyate.

Chas is a Mnicoujou Lakota enrolled in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and she grew up on a cattle ranch her family still operates. She was educated by the Benedictines at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN and received degrees in English and Government. After two decades of organizing in South Dakota, Chas is excited to be a new resident of the Upper Minnesota River Valley.