Affiliation:Colville Confederated TribesPositions:Region:North AmericaBiographical Information:Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a writer and researcher in indigenous studies, having earned a bachelor's degree in Native American Studies and a master's degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her work focuses on issues related to indigenous nationalism, self-determination and environmental justice. She is a frequent contributor to Indian Country Today Media Network, Native Peoples Magazine and was the first topic writer for About.com's Native American History page. Prior to her writing career, Dina was an award-winning Native American artist (specializing in leather and beadwork and textile art). She has a background in traditional and alternative healing practices and is a certified massage practitioner. She has a special love for surfing and Polynesian dance. Dina is a Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She is currently working on a book project that compares Native American and Hawaiian indigeneity through the lens of American surf culture. More of her work can be viewed at < href="http://www.dinagwhitaker.wordpress.com" target="_blank" title="Visit www.dinagwhitaker.wordpress.com">www.dinagwhitaker.wordpress.com.