We’ll start with the basics to help frame my point of reference. First things first, I am multiracial. My birth mother is Native American and white. My biological father is black. I am an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, providing me with certain rights as the citizen of a sovereign – or domestic dependent depending on who you ask – nation. When I was three months old, I was transracially adopted. I grew up with a white family in a small college town in South Dakota that was pretty homogeneous. I know both of my biological parents and have relationships with both of them and their respective families. No, they are not together.
All that being said, I identify as a Christian, middle-class, able-bodied, heterosexual, cisgender, multiracial woman who is a citizen of the Kul Wicasa Oyate as well as the United States of America.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with an emphasis in American Indian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I also have a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Oklahoma.