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Teresa Melendez


is an enrolled citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Nation from Southwest Michigan and a descendant of the turtle clan. 

As a grass-roots organizer, Teresa does her part to find Indigenous solutions in the areas of social justice, climate change, and academic advocacy for the next seven generations. Teresa has over 20 years of experience in the Indian Education arena and is the founder and CEO of Tall Tree Indigenous Education Consulting. She has a master’s degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education; a bachelor’s in Sociology; and certificate in Ojibway language and instruction.


Teresa is master trainer, highly versed in college preparation and success, and professional student development. Language and culture revitalization, youth leadership, and arts education are often central aspects of her work within Tribal Communities. She is also the founder of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Pow Wow Club, a champion fancy shawl dancer, and pow wow dance instructor. 

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