Jenna Makes Good
Jenna Makes Good (She/Her) is a Dakota woman from the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota. She is a proud mother and the owner of First Star Woman LLC, an online jewelry, and handcrafts store. She is currently studying for her B.A. in Indigenous and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University. Jenna left her reservation to attend boarding school when she was 14 years old at Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. She went on to graduate with honors from Tate Topa Tribal School at the age of 16. In 2019, Jenna served as Vice President of the Student Senate and worked as a full-time Dakota Language Learner at Cankdeska Cikana Community College. She also interned at the Osage Nation’s CDIB department and helped the tribe with administrative work directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as helping establish an online membership database. Since then, Jenna has earned her A.A. in Communication Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University and welcomed her first born child into the world. She also worked with the Native American nonprofit, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, as a program manager. Growing up on the reservation and seeing the struggles that Native youth face, Jenna aims to inspire those who are disadvantaged when it comes to being a woman, mother, person of color, and a minority. She hopes to take her knowledge and experience back to the reservation to support her community and encourage cultural resiliency.