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Jacob Crane is a citizen of the Tsuut’ina Nation, Alberta, Canada. He is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Indigenous Climate Action, an Indigenous women-led organization dedicated to creating a world with sovereign and thriving Indigenous Peoples and cultures leading climate justice for all. He first joined the climate justice movement in 2015 after hearing about the No Dakota Access Pipeline and the struggles that the Standing Rock Sioux tribe was experiencing. It also brought him back to the Idle No More movements that swept across so-called Canada in 2012.
In 2021, Jacob was presented with the 7 for 17 Award from the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (United Nations Sustainable Development). He was a part of the Renewing Indigenous Economies Cohort with the Hoover Institute located at Stanford University in 2021. Lastly, he has also received Congressional Recognition from United States Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland.