Hoat! My name is Tamah Minnis, and I am Meskwaki and Sac & Fox. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an emphasis in Secondary Social Studies Education. In 2019, I graduated with a degree in Native American Studies and History; Quickly, however, I realized the change I was called to make for my community, tribe, and the country, would happen in the classroom. It is my belief that our world is in a unique position to see the changes my ancestors fought, lived, prayed, and died for. I feel like it is my responsibility to continue their dreams in all I do, but specifically, within a K-12 context. Though I still have a bit to go in my program, I make every effort to connect with other Native people and students. Specifically, I do this by participating and holding a position within OU’s Indigenous Graduate Student Alliance, my graduate assistantship with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Indigenous Education Initiatives and by continuing to be Native within spaces not designed for me. When I am not reading for a class or writing a paper, I enjoy practicing my Meskwaki speaking-skills, taking photos of my friends and kickboxing.