Len Necefer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor with joint appointments with the American Indian Studies program and the Udall Center for Public Policy. He is also the founder and CEO of Colorado-based outdoor apparel company NativesOutdoors. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy. His research focuses on the intersection of indigenous people and natural resource management policy. The avid outdoor adventurer using climbing, ski mountaineering and Type 2 fun to convey stories focused on environmental activism and indigenous history. His work has appeared in the Alpinist, the Climbing Zine, Outside Magazine, Climbing and Patagonia’s Cleanest Line. Necefer is the co-director and subject of the film Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee (Mountainfilm 2019).