IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Princess Daazhraii Johnson

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Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Neets’aii Gwich’in from Alaska.  She works closely with her home village of Vashrąįį K’oo and is an advocate for environmental and social justice issues for Alaska Native people.  She is the former Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee and previously served as Alaska Director at the Indigenous Leadership Institute. She has worked for, or volunteered with, Native Voices at the Autry National Center, WriteGirl, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

She has been a member of the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee since 2007 and also serves on the Board of Dancing with the Spirit, a program that promotes spiritual wellness through music.  Mrs. Johnson was a Sundance Fellow for the Filmmakers, Producers and Screenwriters Lab, and she was an Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow with the PEN Center.  Mrs. Johnson received a BA in International Relations from George Washington University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a focus on Ecojustice.  It is her honor to serve now as on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Mrs. Johnson lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband, James, and their sons. She has very little spare time but does love being out on the land and doing beadwork.