(Turtle Mountain Ojibwe)
Chief Executive Officer
Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Chief Executive Officer, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, is an enrolled citizen of Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation and a leader and an activist for Indigenous Rights advocating for truth, justice, and healing for the genocidal policy of U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. Diindiisi McCleave was the first employee hired to work at NABS in 2015 and has spent the last several years building capacity, programming, and operations. Diindiisi McCleave has a master of arts in leadership and a bachelor of science in communication studies. She conducted her thesis research on the spectrum of spiritual practices between traditional Native American spirituality and Christianity and the legacy of the boarding schools on spiritual activities and Indian Activism today.
Diindiisi McCleave has dedicated her life and work to pursuing truth and healing for the Indigenous survivors of historical trauma at the hands of colonialism and settler-states. She is one of the primary investigators for the “Child Removal in Native Communities: An Anonymous Survey” currently being conducted with the University of Minnesota, and has published several scholarly articles, including one titled, “The Catholic Church and U.S. Indian Boarding Schools: What Colonial Empire Has to do With God” in the Journal of the West: Catholic Indian Mission Schools: Colonial or Decolonized spaces in the American West (Vol. 59, No. 3, Summer 2020). In 2020, Diindiisi McCleave was instrumental in writing H.R.8420 - Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy Act—the first bill ever introduced to for a commission addressing boarding school policy in the U.S. She is also a member of the Truth and Reconciliation working group for the City of Minneapolis.