Cheyenne Brady, MPH

Associate Director of Youth Programs


Cheyenne Brady is an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Nation and also represents the Cheyenne, Pawnee, Kiowa, Apache, Hidatsa, Arikara, Otoe and Tonkawa. Her Sac & Fox name is Sitoniquay (Light Rain), and her Cheyenne name is He’a’ma’mene’e (High Walking Woman). She is the proud mother of three. Her and her companion, Novi Runsabove, currently raise their family in New Town, North Dakota. Cheyenne is the daughter of Jon “Poncho” and Rebecca “Tooky” Brady.

Cheyenne’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Public Health, with a specialization in American Indian Public Health, both from North Dakota State University. Currently, she is working towards a PhD in Indigenous Health at the University of North Dakota. Cheyenne has always intended to utilize her education to help the Native population.

Prior to CNAY, Cheyenne worked for her home community on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. She led drug and alcohol prevention efforts, was key in the creation of a first of its kind resource and recovery center and developed a summer youth program for local Native youth. Cheyenne also served as the Human Services Branch Director for the MHA Nation COVID-19 Task Force and led the MHA Nation’s 2020 Census Effort.

At CNAY, Cheyenne oversees all youth programs while leading in program curriculum curation and evaluation. CNAY has 5 fellowships, 1 civic engagement training program and 1 art initiative that Cheyenne guides. Each program has a specific curriculum that centers Indigenous culture and philosophy. Each program also has a tailored evaluation that is conducted to ensure pragmatic success for Native youth participants.

Cheyenne’s passion is to empower and work to better the lives of the younger generations while encouraging healthy lifestyles and Indigenous culture. She is honored to work with and on behalf of Native youth!