Indigenous Peoples Institute
Building/Room: Xavier 160
I was born in North Dakota when my family lived on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. My father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Later we lived on two rural reservations in Montana (Fort Belknap and Flathead). I began my schooling in the beautiful Hoopa valley reservation in northern California. We moved back to North Dakota (Fort Totten, Spirit Lake Reservation) for elementary school and then to Riverside, California when I was in middle school. I went to college in Riverside, California and after college worked in San Francisco for three years doing youth work. I later worked at my alma mater, UC Riverside and then moved to Washington, where I have lived for 27 years. I am an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes of central North Dakota. I am Hidatsa and German from my father’s side. On my mother’s side I am Ho-Chunk and Potawatomie from Wisconsin.
I have an AA in General Education, a BA in Psychology and an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary. I live in Seattle with my husband, a wildly successful Native writer who is an enrolled Spokane Tribal member, our two sons who are also enrolled Spokane Tribal members, and our calming little dog, Darla.