Liz Cates

Education Program Coordinator

Liz Cates (they/them) is a Dakhóta descendant and Minnesota native. Liz grew up just south of the Twin Cities in Prior Lake, MN. Liz attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and completed their Bachelors in Music and American Indian Studies. Before working at NĀTIFS, Liz worked as a Dakhóta language immersion teacher and Project Director at Bdote Learning Center. Now on the Education Team at NĀTIFS, Liz enjoys learning about Indigenous food systems and working to make Indigenous food education more accessible. 

Aside from work, Liz likes to spend time playing guitar, making art, doing theater, and spending as much time as possible outside.