Pueblo of Cochiti, Secretary
Joannie Suina Romero is from the Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico and is the Founder and President of Corn Pollen Consulting, LLC (CPC). CPC is a 100% Native American, woman-owned small business dedicated to providing alternative and innovative approaches to solve the educational, economic, political and social issues facing Indian Country in the 21st century. Joannie also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she teaches Federal Indian Law, Creative & Critical Inquiry, and Decolonization & Applied Theory of Post-Colonialism. As an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico, Joannie pursued a Native American Studies degree with a concentration in Education & Language. Most recently, Joannie earned a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law from the University of Tulsa, College of Law where she focused her research on the marginalization of Pueblo Communities through Federal Indian Policy. She is also a board member for the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW), a Cultural Adviser for Changing Woman Initiative, and a proud wife and mother to four amazing children.