Tiana Wilson-Blindman grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota (Oglala Lakota). She is currently a Master’s candidate at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her concentrations lay in Climate Change Science and Solutions, as well as Environmental Policy Analysis. She received her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also minored in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences. During her undergraduate study, she taught high school physics at the CU Upward Bound program (CUUB) and interned with the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI). In her time following, she served as an Americorp member at Teton Science Schools teaching Environmental Science to grades K-12 within Grand Teton National Park as well as served as the Civic Engagement Fellow in the 2018 midterm elections for Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.
After experiencing the environmental effects of Uranium mining on Indigenous lands as well as the human effects of the energy extraction industry in her community, she hopes to work within environmental policy and legislation as it pertains to Indigenous human rights, access, and education.