Staff

We are Committed to Working with You to Change the Narrative for Native Youth

Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) and project partner National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC) welcome you to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Tribal Youth Resource Center website.

TLPI and NNCTC bring to this work an in-depth understanding and appreciation of American Indian and Alaska Native history, customs, and indigenous justice systems, the product of decades of training and technical assistance in Indian country.

Native youth, like their ancestors before them, are a study in resilience. Native youth benefit from a value held by Native peoples: Our Children are Sacred. American Indian and Alaska Native people and organizations are working diligently to improve the futures of Native youth and, by extension, Native people. An experienced and knowledgeable Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider is a crucial part of that work. We bring to this work a unique understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native communities and strategies that support community-led solutions, while keeping an eye on the national landscape.

We work diligently with American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages, Tribal Youth Program grantees, Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court grantees, and tribal youth to indigenize successful approaches and evidence-based practices, while innovating and reinstating culturally grounded responses that will contribute to addressing and reversing the challenges tribes youth face in today’s society. We are honored and humbled to be serving tribal youth, their families, and communities.

Jerry Gardner (Cherokee)

Executive Director, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Jerry serves as TLPI’s Executive Director and is an attorney with more than 35 years of experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native Nations, tribal court systems, and victims of crime in Indian country. Jerry has served as the Executive Director of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute since its founding in 1996 and oversees all TLPI projects and services. Jerry has also served as the Director of the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes, Council Member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities (IRR), and an ABA Tribal Courts Council member. Jerry has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, UCLA School of Law, and Southwestern School of Law. He previously served as the Administrator for the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA). He has been an appellate court judge for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (North Dakota) and Poarch Creek Band (Alabama). He served as the Senior Staff Attorney with the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) from NIJC’s establishment in 1983 until TLPI’s founding in 1996. He served as a Professional Staff Member at the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in the late 1970s. He also served in legal training positions for the national office of the Legal Services Corporation and the American Indian Lawyer Training Program. Jerry received his J.D. from the Antioch School of Law.

Contact: Jerry@TLPI.org

Stephanie Autumn (Hopi/Irish)

Co-Director, Tribal Youth Resource Center- Tribal Youth Programs Lead

Stephanie brings extensive experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs in Indian country. Ms. Autumn has 38 years of local, national, and international AI advocacy and policy work experience, and has presented at various Human Rights forums at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and in New York. She has worked throughout the country on issues of American Indian adult and juvenile justice, substance abuse prevention, restorative justice, and tribal youth mentoring programs. Ms. Autumn served as the Executive Directive of the Minnesota Restorative Justice Campaign for five years and is a skilled Restorative Practitioner facilitator, trainer, and Circle Keeper. Ms. Autumn’s expertise includes developing culturally competent strategic planning tools and trainings for American Indian/Alaska Native tribes. She has directed national projects on American Indian juvenile domestic assault, restorative justice, pre-and post-release services for AI offenders, tribal mentoring, and truancy. She served as project director for three DOJ-funded programs for tribal youth which provided Training and Technical Assistance to over 135 tribal grantees. Ms. Autumn has provided expertise/testimony for the MN & SD Departments of Corrections with regards to Traumatic Brain Injury and Trauma Informed Care needs/issues with incarcerated American Indian juvenile and adults. For the past fifteen years, Ms. Autumn has provided expertise to the MN Department of Education on disproportionality issues that impact American Indian youth and communities. Ms. Autumn is the founder of the American Indian Prison Project Working Group.

Contact: Stephanie@TLPI.org

Anna Clough

Anna Clough (Muscogee Nation and Yuchi Tribe)

Co-Director, Tribal Youth Resource Center- Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts Lead  

Anna is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Yuchi Tribes. She graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a BA in Sociology and double minor in Native American Studies and Criminology. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Native American law from the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy.  She is an admitted and practicing member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and has been admitted to practice in numerous Oklahoma Tribal courts.  She has spent her legal career working with Tribal youth and families in both State and Tribal Courts throughout Oklahoma. Mrs. Clough has served as a Training and Technical Assistance provider on behalf of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Training and Technical Assistance services for the past several years and has supported the development and implementation of numerous National training efforts to support Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation purpose area 8 and purpose area 9 tribal grantees. Most recently she authored the Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Handbook, a primer planning guide supportive of Tribal community development of wellness courts for Tribal youth.  Anna is a wife and mother and resides in Oklahoma.  

Contact: Anna@TLPI.org

Tasha R. Fridia (Wichita, Kiowa and Caddo)

Pejuta Cangleska Win (Sacred Medicine Circle Woman), Assistant Director, Tribal Youth Resource Center

Tasha is the owner of Fridia Consulting where she assists tribes with strategic and justice system planning, code drafting and policy implementation. Tasha serves as a Senior Associate at the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College. Prior to her work with TLPI, she worked for the OJJDP Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance Center at the University of Oklahoma in the Tribal Law and Policy Division. Tasha is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate as well as a certificate in American Indian Law. Tasha interned with the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court and the OJJDP TYP TTA Center at the University of Oklahoma. She also gained experience as a student in the Jodi G. Marquette American Indian Wills Clinic. While in law school, Tasha held numerous leadership positions including Student Bar Association Vice President, Pupil of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court, and an appointment to the Dean’s Council on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion where she helped establish a regalia policy for Native American Law Students. She served on the National Native American Law Students Association board and was awarded Future Trailblazer in Indian Country by her local chapter. Tasha previously worked in the Tribal Human Resources field and is currently a Manager of Quivera Enterprises LLC, a division of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Industrial Development Commission. She earned a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a M.A. in Human Resources Development from Webster University. Tasha is passionate about the work she does and approaches it with the guidance of cultural and traditional teachings.

Contact: Tasha@TLPI.org

Sina Ikikcu Win (Takes the Robe Woman) (Oglala Lakota)

Ethleen Iron Cloud -Two Dogs, Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Tribal Youth Resource Center

Sina Ikikcu Win is an enrolled citizen of the Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux Tribe) and also has Crow Tribal ancestry. She resides on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Ethleen’s many blessings include her family and many relatives. She provides training and technical assistance to Tribes across the country and her work includes helping to strengthen children, youth, families and communities using a culturally based approach.

Contact: Ethleen@TLPI.org

Kristina Pacheco (Pueblo of Laguna)

Wellness Court Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Kristina serves as a TLPI Wellness Courts Specialist and lives and works from her home in the village of Paraje/Casa Blanca, NM. She is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the state of NM and has over 20 years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention. Prior to joining Tribal Law & Policy Institute, she worked for the Pueblo of Laguna for 14 years; as a Supervising Probation Officer (2004-2010), Lead Counselor (2010-2014) and Behavioral Health Program Manager (2014-2019). In 2007, Kristina and the staff of the tribal court began the Pueblo of Laguna Healing to Wellness Court. The HTWC was granted Mentor Court Status in 2017 by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Drug Court Initiatives. Kristina also provided training and technical assistance to other Native communities as a consultant. Kristina is the mother of one son, an adopted daughter and a grandmother.

Contact: Kristina@TLPI.org

Laura Smith

Program Coordinator, Tribal Youth Resource Center

Laura has been with Tribal Law and Policy Institute since 2019. She completed her BA in Psychology at Vassar College with a correlate in Sustainability. Upon graduating, Laura served as Project Manager for the World Well-Being Project, a multi-disciplinary research team based out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center. Laura is a percussionist and student of somatic and energy-based modalities.

Contact: Laura@TLPI.org

Antonia Medina

Program Assistant, Tribal Youth Resource Center

Antonia is a member of the Navajo Nation and is from Chinle, Arizona, located on the Navajo reservation. She enlisted into the United States Air Force in April 2009, completing 8 years of active duty. She is currently an Air Force Reserves member, completing a total of over 12 years of service. While in the Air Force, Antonia has served as an advocate for victims of sexual assault, an honor guardsman and trainer, a mentor to Air Force ROTC cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, and the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Administration Management. She is currently achieving an Associates of Applied Science degree in Business Administration from the Community College of the Air Force while working toward a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a certificate in Cognitive Studies at the University of Colorado. She aspires to achieve a master’s degree in forensic psychology. She currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband and her twin sons, where she actively advocates for the indigenous communities of Colorado.

Contact: Antonia@TLPI.org

Consultants

Gerry RainingBird

(Nehiyaw Nation), Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Gerry RainingBird has been involved with American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander education, health, and wellness promotion for over 30 years. His educational background includes a BS in Physical Education & Health, and a M.S. in Education Administration. Gerry’s professional experience includes leadership of community development efforts and capacity building, positive youth development, cultural competency, group facilitation, strategic planning, and program development. RainingBird has worked with over 200 native communities all across Indian Country and the Pacific Islands. He has served as a Project Director, Training and Technical Assistance Consultant, Sustainability and Training Coordinator, Senior Prevention Specialist, Group Facilitator, Strategic Planning Advisor, and has led, directed, and successfully implemented a variety of Education, Health and Wellness initiatives specific to native communities. Gerry continually strives to implement culturally appropriate and responsive teaching concepts in his trainings and presentations.

Contact: Gerry@TLPI.org

Jacob Metoxen

(Oneida), Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Jacob Metoxen is from Wisconsin and currently serves as a Tribal Prosecutor in New Mexico. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master in Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, and Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona.  Jacob is interested in supporting Tribal communities with the expansion of their community justice systems. Jacob serves as part of the National Criminal Justice Training Center and provides education presentations related tribal justice system development. Jacob has extensive experience with research, writing, and critical analysis for Tribal community projects.

Contact: Jacob@TLPI.org

Deidra L. Flurry

Deidra is an enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation and is of Kiowa ancestry. “Zate-Kaw-Baht-Ha-gei” (Takes Away Their Bows and Arrows) is her name given by her grandfather. She is from Oklahoma City, OK, which offered her the unique experiences that comes from living in an urban setting while remaining culturally grounded by the traditional teachings of her grandparents who raised her. She holds a B.S. from the University of Central Oklahoma in Organizational Leadership and a M.S. from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Native American Leadership.

Deidra is experienced in tribal education programs and project management. Working to promote healthy personal growth for Indigenous children and their family through spiritual, traditional and collective community efforts is her passion. Deidra assisted in developing curriculum geared to teach educators the potentially unique experiences indigenous children and their family’s experience, while offering culturally responsive approaches to teaching in Indian Country. Knowledge gained through personal experiences, formal education and shared teachings of other indigenous communities has given her a wide perspective on the developmental essentials of Indian youth. This has allowed her the opportunity to offer trainings, presentations and professional developments.

Contact: Deidra@TLPI.org

Johanna Farmer (Lakota)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Johanna is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. For twelve (12) years she worked for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as Itom Yoemia Program Manager, Children’s Services Program Manager and Tribal Courts Improvement Program Coordinator, Tribal Youth Program Coordinator & Juvenile Advocacy Program Coordinator for Development Services Division, Social Services Department, and Office of Prosecutor and Court of Appeals, respectively. As the Itom Yoemia Program Manager (known on the national level as the “Tiwahe” Initiative), she works to strengthen tribal communities and families through tribally driven and culturally relevant service models with an emphasis on intervention and prevention services through a coordinated and integrated service delivery among multiple tribal agencies and departments. Previously, Johanna worked in managing youth programming including all children’s services at the Social Services Department, a juvenile diversion program focused on mentoring at the Office of the Prosecutor, and a juvenile defense program. She also co-created a truancy diversion program in the Office of the Prosecutor. Johanna earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona as well as an Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Certificate. Prior to law school, Johanna graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, Theatre Arts, and Native American studies from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Johanna is a licensed attorney.

Jeri Brunoe

(Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs), Founder/Owner, Jeri Brunoe Training and Consulting

Jeri Bruno is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. She has worked in Indian Country for over 30 plus years and is the founder and owner of Jeri Brunoe Training & Consulting (JBTC). Jeri’s experience has included being a Leadership Trainer, College faculty member, Prevention Coordinator/Trainer and GONA Facilitator. Jeri is a certified “Core Team & Crisis Intervention/Prevention Specialist” and is a graduate of the Bill McGrane Self-Esteem Institute in Advance Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics and an Oregon State University alum. She was raised with her traditional native values and continues to practice her cultural “Way of Life”. She currently serves as a board member on the National Indian Youth Leadership Project, an international adventure training program. Ms. Brunoe is a nationally known and highly respected motivational speaker, youth leadership expert, an educator as well as a gifted writer, and an actor. She has appeared in films, television, commercials and performed in the theater.