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

Sina Win

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

Jacob Metoxen (Oneida)

Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Tribal Youth Resource Center

Jacob Metoxen is from Wisconsin. 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 has served as part of the National Criminal Justice Training Center and regularly 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

Teresa Nord

Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Tribal Youth Resource Center

Teresa serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Resource Center. Teresa has also served as a parent advocate and case manager for the Indian Child Welfare Law Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the past three years, she has also served as a reentry coordinator for justice involved women in Minnesota with the goals of healing and community reunification. Teresa has served in the Twin Cities as a volunteer and community organizer on a variety of issues including Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, community safety, and violence reduction. Teresa is a descendant of the Diné and the indigenous peoples of Mexico.

Contact: Teresa@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

Jeri Bruneo

Jeri Brunoe (Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

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.

Contact Jeri Bruno through the Tribal Youth Resource Center: TribalYouth@TLPI.org

Jonel Beauvais (Mohawk)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Jonel Beauvais (Mohawk) from Akwesasne in upstate New York is a consultant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and supports the work of the Tribal Youth Resource Center in building the capacity of OJJDP tribal grantees to prevent and reduce the number of Native youth who become runaways and/or victims of human trafficking. She is dedicated to the health and wellness of our families and communities and is the co-creator of a community grass roots organization called the Welcome Home Circle. The Circle is working towards building six tiny homes to be able to provide safe transitional housing for those vulnerable populations transitioning from imprisonment back into community. Jonel is a former staff person with the Seven Dancers Coalition, N.Y, where she worked for five years in providing community outreach services on awareness and prevention of  Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Teen Dating, and Sex Trafficking and Stalking. She also gained knowledge as a “Lead Auntie” engaging with youth and their families through  a community Rite of Passage Ceremony “Ohero:kon- Under the Husk” for youth in Akwesasne.

Contact: Jonel@TLPI.org

Craig Camp (Ponca and Hopi)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Craig Camp serves as a consultant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and supports the work of the Tribal Youth Resource Center. Craig’s vision is to design and implement culturally-rooted programs that support Native men and youth through along the continuum of their individual contact with the justice system. This vision includes supporting effective intervention from pre-incarceration, incarceration and eventual reentry into local communities. His work focuses on creating leadership and cultural opportunities for justice involved Native men and youth that will lead to successful reentry and pathways to contributing to the health and wellness of their families and communities. Craig’s work within the TYRC is primarily focused to support tribes in Minnesota with reentry and other related juvenile justice issues. Craig is the recipient of the 2021 Amos Owen Award for the city of Red Wing, MN. The Amos Owen Award has recognized individuals for their work in promoting justice and equality for others based around human rights (not solely humanitarian work). The award is named after Amos Owen, an Mdewakanton elder and spiritual leader from the Prairie Island Indian Community who worked tirelessly to preserve Dakota language and culture. Craig’s professional experience includes serving as a reentry consultant for the Walks Tall Program at the Council of Crime and Justice for four years and for he currently provides pre and post release services to Native youth incarcerated at the MCF in Red Wing, MN.

Contact: Craig@TLPI.org

David Carson

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

David is a consultant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Resource Center.

Contact: David@TLPI.org

Johanna Farmer (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Johanna is a consultant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and provides training on behalf of the Tribal Youth Resource Center in the areas of tribal youth attendance achievement, chronic absence reduction, and prevention program development. 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.

Contact Johanna Farmer through the Tribal Youth Resource Center: TribalYouth@TLPI.org

Diedra L. Flurry (Comanche Nation/Kiowa Ancestry)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Deidra is a consultant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Resource Center. 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.

Contact: Deidra@TLPI.org

Gerry RainingBird (Nehiyaw Nation)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Gerry RainingBird is a consultant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for Tribal Youth Resource Center. Gerry 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

Erin Thin Elk, (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)

Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Erin Thin Elk is a consultant to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Resource Center.

Contact: Erin@TLPI.org