Kellie Harry is a Kooyoo'e Tukadu (member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) from Nixon, Nevada. Kellie is committed to increasing American Indian students’ academic achievement. Her background is in Indian law, Tribal language and culture program administration, and teaching (K–8), on and off Tribal reservations, in public and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. Kellie's work promotes the inclusion of the unique academic needs of American Indian students. These needs include Tribal language and cultural relevancy, identity development, diversity and equity, Tribal consultation, English language learning strategies, culturally responsive teaching, trauma-informed practices, social and emotional learning, and advanced/alternative learning opportunities. Kellie’s passion stretches beyond students to the retention and capacity building of teachers and administrators who serve the American Indian students. Kellie Harry has a Master of Arts in teaching, elementary education from Sierra Nevada College in Incline, Nevada and Master of Jurisprudence in Indian law from the University of Tulsa, College of Law.
In order for Tribal governments to competitively and sustainably maintain and expand Tribal resources, we must first properly grow the Tribes' most valuable resource—the children.