Amy Bledsoe is a member of the Cherokee and Osage Nations. Amy grew up in Ralston, Oklahoma and graduated from Woodland High School in 2013. She then attended Oklahoma State University where she was a member of a National Panhellenic Sorority. She was involved in the Red Cross Club and volunteered for various non profits throughout the year. She also served an intern at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma my junior and senior year where I enjoyed assisting families in need. She graduated from OSU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Minor in American Indian Studies. After graduation, she began working for the Osage Minerals Council. She enjoys being back home and working for her own Tribe. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Indigenous People’s Law through the University of Oklahoma College of Law. In her free time, she likes to explore the outdoors with my dogs.
Kelli Dollarhide was born and raised in the Northern Oklahoma area. As a non-traditional student, she recently received her Associate in Applied Science for Business Management with an emphasis on Accounting and an Associate of Science degree for Business Administration from Northern Oklahoma College. She is continuing her studies at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University for a Bachelor of accounting.
Kelli volunteers with the IRS program VITA/TCE (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly) through the United Way of Ponca City and Northern Oklahoma College partnership. She has been an active member of the ACBSP Accredited Honor society, Kappa Beta Delta and is the Business Division tutor at NOC’s Tonkawa campus.
Helping students transition into higher education is a fulfilling opportunity and she considers it an honor to help incoming Native American students develop skills and build relationships to succeed in their educational journey.
Sandra Fulks recently received her Associate of Science degree in Nursing (RN). She plans to continue her education and get a
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) within the next couple of years. Her goal is to work with Indian Health Services and be able to give back to her community and then eventually transition into the Oncology field. Sandra is an 11-year breast cancer survivor. She also plans to do mission trips/medical work with her church.
Sandra is a Ponca tribal member.
Kristin Gentry is passionate about using her art to create different ways to preserve her traditional Native American tribal culture. Kristin has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried, invited, open, and group shows across the Midwestern United States. She works as a professional visual artist in the areas of relief and monotype printmaking, painting, jewelry and photography. She also works as an a writer, designer, and curator. She worked as a full time arts educator in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and now works full time as an artist.
Kristin is an enrolled member and registered artist of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in fine arts from Oklahoma State University in 2009 and her Associate of Arts degree in education from Tulsa Community College in 2005.
|Alexandria "Dria" Harjo|
Dria Harjo is an enrolled Iowa Tribal member and descendant of Pawnee Nation, Muscogee Creek Nation, Seminole Nation, Pueblo of Acoma, and Hopi.
Harjo was a first generation college student. She recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Justice and Social Work. She graduated from Northern Oklahoma College in 2014 with an Associate in Arts in Social Science. Awards include the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award presented by Barack Obama and 2014 Outstanding Tribal Youth award from Iowa Tribe. Currently Harjo is employed at Pawnee Nation Education Division as Education and Training Specialist.
Charlene Le is a Workforce Development professional with 10 years of experience working directly in the Workforce Oklahoma One Stop Operations. Five years of experience have been dedicated to working with at-risk youth between the ages 14-24. Notable skills include helping people with developing education, employment plans, and assisting people with work readiness and soft skills training. Currently working and serving the intellectually disable population at this time. Administrative experience in various areas procurement of company purchases, accounting, payroll, and Human Resources.
Charlene is Osage, Pawnee, Kiowa, and Euchee.
Opal Oranchak is a tribal member of the Seminole Nation. She graduated from Northern Oklahoma College in May of 2015 with Associates in Science degree. Opal Oranchak is employ with the Tonkawa Tribe as MSPI Assistant Project Coordinator and works with the youth from ages 10-24. As part of her work duties, she can offer cultural classes, activities, and speakers. Opal Oranchak states, “Hopefully, with the age up to 24 we can work together and do something with the students. Let me know if you have any ideas.”
|Mary Jo Pratt|
Upon obtaining her undergraduate degree in Forensic Accounting, Mary Jo Kipp Pratt focused on her MBA, concentrating on both IT Management and data driven strategic solutions. She currently serves as a Financial Analyst for Cherokee Nation Businesses.
She is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma as well as a descendant of the Osage, Piikani band of Blackfeet, Shawnee, Chippewa band of Cree, Delaware, & Peoria tribes.
|Susan Michele Sheldon|
Osiyo. Hello, I am Susan Michele Sheldon, citizen of Cherokee Nation, my paternal grandmother is from the Waya or Wolf clan. I have recently completed my Master’s degree in Native American Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Indigenous and American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University.
While at Haskell, I worked as a tutor for the Upward Bound program that provided tutoring for Native American students in the Topeka and Lawrence area, and for Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas. This gave me the unique opportunity to work with both urban Native populations and reservation and rural. I learned through that three year experience the different needs of different students and how to apply my knowledge of both core subjects and Native values. Working with a Trio program such as Upward Bound I learned how grant programs work at tribal and state colleges.
I have always been interested in perpetuating Native history, culture, law, language, and ideals in hopes of improving the lives of Native peoples. With my current position working for the Indian Education Program in the public schools, I have had the opportunity of working with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and tribes so our organization can provide the best information to our Native youth.
|Rochell "Ro" Werito|
Rochell “Ro” Werito is a proud citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She is Ecovlke (Deer Clan) born for the Water People Clan of the Navajo Nation. She is the daughter of Clifford and Charlena Werito of Wetumka, Oklahoma; granddaughter of the late Monroe and Josephine Wind of Wetumka, OK; and Bobby and Rita of Farmington, New Mexico.
Rochell attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Leisure Studies with an emphasis on Therapeutic Recreation from Oklahoma State University in 2011. At OSU, she was involved in various organizations such as Native American Student Association, Alpha Pi Omega, Sorority, INC, Multicultural Greek Council, and Leisure Studies Club. Rochell is a former Miss Indian Oklahoma State University and former Miss Muscogee Creek Nation.
She is currently an employee for the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Rochell is the Cultural Program Coordinator for the Native American Student Services department. She is in charge of developing and implementing various programs for the Native American Students in the OKCPS district. Some of the programs offered through their department range from a girls and boys mentoring program, monthly Cultural Nights with classes, Student Color Guard, and Student Dance Troupe. She is currently working on developing a resource Native American/Oklahoma History booklet for the teachers in order to have cultural relevant and accurate lessons.
Rochell is a member of the Theta Pi Professional Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, INC where she serves on the National Board.. She has served on the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education Board of Directions as a regional representative. Rochell enjoys volunteering, beading, running, and being with family.