Geneva Horse Chief

From an early age, four or five, I was set on becoming a storyteller, a painter, an actress, a journalist, a writer, a reporter, anything I could do to help people to be informed and knowledgeable about underrepresented groups and issues. The problems associated with lack of awareness are all too familiar to me as a Native woman growing up in urban areas surrounded by other under-represented groups and wanting our stories heard. Communication work has since become my career passion and it is thickly woven throughout my work experience. I have been fortunate to supplement my love for communications projects with valuable work experience in areas like social services, legislation, and law in the private sector. Each position offered a new learning experience and I have always applied my communication skills to make the work I was doing more impactful. My work in Indian Country working as a journalist and in public relations has provided real experience and working knowledge about getting mainstream news to cover issues they would prefer to pass on or were too uncomfortable or uninformed about to even ask questions about. I feel great joy about the nearly twenty years of experience I have earned covering issues affecting Indian Country. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. I have worked as a staff writer or contributing writer for the Tulsa World, Native America Calling, Argus Leader, Indian Country Today, the Muskogee Daily Phoenix, and the Native Times. I spent a year as a Legislative Assistant in Washington, D.C. I worked for the Osage Nation Planning Office during the government reform process in 2006.  I have also worked for Osage Nation Tribal TANF or the tribe’s social services program and I have volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Native American children struggling through the court system.