Tasha R. Fridia, Pejuta Cangleska Win (Sacred Medicine Circle Woman)

Tasha R. Fridia is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is Kiowa, Caddo, and Hunka Oglala Lakota. Ms. Fridia holds a BA from the University of Oklahoma, MA-HR Development from Webster University, and a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law. As the Assistant Director of the Tribal Youth Resource Center (TYRC) housed at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, she collaborates with tribes across Indian Country to implement Tribal Youth Programs and Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts.  Tasha also serves as a Policy Analyst & Political Advisor to the Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. As a consultant, she has assisted in policy development for numerous tribes and organizations.  Ms. Fridia works with various entities whose focus ranges from education equity to tribal economic development in hopes to further affect positive change in her community and beyond.  Ms. Fridia is an American Express NGEN Fellow, a recipient of the 40 Under 40 in Indian Country award, and was selected to Native Leadership Oklahoma.  Tasha is the legacy of many generations of activists and advocates dedicated to political, policy, and systems change.  She strives to make her ancestors proud in everything she undertakes. She spends her free time with her teenage daughters Isabella and Kennedy Grace.