~ Chairwoman of the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare and author of the book, Dying in Indian Country.
Although raised middle class, I have spent most of my adult life living within modern Indian Country; watching my husband’s family despair as they sank deeply into alcoholism and drug abuse. And not just watched – I rescued children off the street, stood in the closet where a beautiful niece hanged herself, chased a drunk off of a ten-year-old girl, and much more.
After a life changing experience, Roland and I came to understand that entitlement policies within tribal and federal government are at the root of the pain, abuse, violence, and suicides destroying this extended family. My husband rejected the mantle of victim-hood and blame; became personally accountable, and led our family in a different direction. In 2004, unwilling to continue watching family members die tragically and often violently, we founded the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare (CAICW), a ministry and family advocacy, hoping it would help bring change.
The book ‘Dying in Indian Country’ is the true story of this extended family, told in order that lives might be saved.
- Congressional Appointee – Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children – May 2018 to present
- Chairwoman/Administrator – Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare – February 2004 to present
Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
- Master of Arts: Public Policy, Graduation 2019
- Bachelor of Science – Interdisciplinary Studies
Living Faith Bible College, Caroline, Alberta
- Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries
- Two Year Diploma of Bible and Missions
Minneapolis Community College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Associate in Science Degree, – Nursing, RN
University of Montana Western, Dillon, Montana
- Paralegal Certificate, – Basics of Legal Document Preparation, Paralegal Procedures and Practices, Legal Research and Writing, Legal Ethics, Legal Authority