Tanya Firemoon (Nakoda) is a member of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. Tanya joined the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) in 2008 and has worked with the Native Dental Therapy Initiative and Community Health Aide Program since 2016 and currently serves as the Tribal Community Health Provider Project Specialist. She previously worked with the National Indian Child Welfare Association in community development. Tanya has been involved in the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) non-profit health arena focused on child welfare, children’s mental health, research, and public health for 20 years and supports capacity building and workforce development of growing-your-own of professional providers with a specific scope of practice for local communities.
Honoring indigenous worldviews, tribal sovereignty, and those who inspired and mentored her influences the work in helping to eliminate health disparities and improving quality of life in our traditional ways. Tanya continues to work with students throughout Indian Country obtaining post-secondary education relevant to their tribal communities, supports various advisory committees, student’s training opportunities, elder mentorship, and service provider certification board efforts.
Her strengths are in advocacy work, streamlining culturally appropriate community-based events, and relationship building.
Pilamaya (Thank You).