Hailey Bighorn was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona and is affiliated with both the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes in Montana as well as the Shoshone-Paiute tribe In Nevada. Bighorn received her associate’s degree in the arts from Mesa Community College (MCC) and is furthering her education at the University of Advancing Technology in their Game Art and Animation program. Currently she is working in marketing at a Salt River Pima Maricopa enterprise while she attends school.
Bighorn has pursued many different avenues of art and storytelling over the years. She has experience in both traditional and digital art, having been accepted into the student art show while attending MCC, contributing her designs skills to fabric and quilt design patterns, and also having been recently commissioned for several glass paintings. Bighorn is also an avid writer, having written and self-published various novels over the past five years. Bighorn wishes to take all the skills she has gained and use them to create stories and characters that people can enjoy. She hopes to take her own experiences with growing up and her culture to show others what its’ like being a modern Native in this world.