Current Leader

Jennifer Irving

Jennifer Irving
Location: Pine Ridge, South Dakota Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topic: Narrative Change Population Served: Native/Tribal/Indigenous People
Director of Grants
Red Cloud Indian School

FOCUS
Jennifer’s focus area is narrative change with specific focus on her home reservation. The Pine Ridge reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota, is one of the largest land-based reservations in the country and is often featured in regional and national media. All too often, the stories featured about Pine Ridge are largely negative, poverty-driven, and highlight struggle and despair due to the lack of financial resources. This type of coverage often misses or overshadows the historical, cultural, and uplifting stories of innovation, creativity, resilience, survival, and resistance of the people and communities that make up Pine Ridge. Jennifer will gather and share stories from tribal leaders, elders, cultural bearers, and artists who represent and highlight the reservation’s innovation, triumph, and perseverance.

 

MORE ABOUT JENNIFER
Jennifer is an Oglala Lakota woman and mother dedicated to healing and building a well community where Lakota youth are rooted in Lakota culture, spirituality, history, traditional teachings, and art.

 

JENNIFER’S WORK AND VISION

 

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