National Crittenton is pleased to announce that Terri Yellowhammer has been named to its Board of Trustees.

Terri Yellowhammer is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Lakota Tribe with White Earth Ojibwe Nation ancestry in Northern Minnesota. She brings over 25 years of experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native people. Currently, she is the American Indian Community Relations Development Manager for Hennepin County Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she is responsible for assisting in the largest county in the state of Minnesota to further develop and improve partnerships with the American Indian community in the Minneapolis metropolitan area and with 11 federally recognized tribes in Minnesota. Prior to this, she provided training and technical assistance (T/TA) to the Department of Justice-funded Defending Childhood Initiative Tribal grantees to develop comprehensive, community-based best strategies to prevent and reduce the impact of children’s exposure to violence. She also provided T/TA tribal expertise through her work with the Education Development Center’s Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. She is a member of the first volunteer cohort of a pilot project at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital to provide nurturing to American Indian infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Ms. Yellowhammer is a Supreme Court Appellate Justice for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and a respected attorney and policy analyst in Indian Child Welfare in Minnesota. She has served as a public defense attorney for the Indian Welfare Law Center and as a consultant to guardians ad litem in Indian Child Welfare Act cases for the Minnesota Board of Guardians Ad Litem. She has also served as an assistant attorney general for the Office of Minnesota Attorney General.

We are honored to have Terri join our board and bring her valuable expertise to our work.