(Oglala Lakota)

Program Manager for Youth Development

Laree is from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She received a bachelor’s in social welfare and justice from Marquette University where she led many initiatives to recruit and sustain Indigenous students and faculty. She also studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she earned a minor in fine arts. The work that has been most fulfilling to Laree is community organizing and arts education. Laree joined First Peoples Fund as a Youth Speaks Future Corps Fellow in 2016. She is most grateful to be a part of the FPF family because of the opportunity to learn alongside young people about the use of the oral tradition and the art of storytelling as a means of healing and reclaiming agency.