A celebrated social justice activist, critical thought leader and grassroots organizer, Janet Flores is Guachichil, Chichimeca (Northern-Central Mexico) by way of Houston, Texas, USA. She is from the place where the cacti flower blooms abundantly—a place commonly known as the ‘Gran Tunal.’ As founder of Brown Mujeres Media, Janet’s advocacy drives forward decolonization, dechristianization and indigenization. In defense of undocumented migrants from the South, Janet has administered fundraising campaigns and co-coordinated trainings for Rapid Response Networks with the Workers Center of Central New York.
A first-generation scholar from Texas, Janet is a recipient of a Great Plains Honors Council Dennis Boe Award and has co-published in the ‘Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.’ In community college, she served as the Honors Student Organization President for three elected terms where she crafted academic development workshops now implemented in honors colleges across the city of Houston. Over the past four years, her commitment to community has been acknowledged with multiple leadership awards.
Granddaughter of braceros who picked cotton in Texas and daughter to serial entrepreneurs, Janet is currently a consultant and mentee to Akwesasne Mohawk Bear Clan Mother, Louise Wakerakats:se Herne, under the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program. Formerly, she collaboratively crafted a one-of-a-kind online multi-media platform by and for Indigenous women as Director of Platform Management and Design at Rematriation Magazine.
Janet holds an Associate of Science and an Associate of Arts in International Studies with Honors Distinction from the Lone Star College System and is currently completing a B.A. in Geography at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University. Janet lives in homelands of the Onondaga Nation where she is part of a sisterhood of Indigenous women committed to changing the narrative of Indigenous women.