Zianne Richardson is a proud citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of North Carolina who holds relations with the Nansemond people of Virginia. In 2018, she was given the name MihÁ:oknaho: which means “she is busy working.” She has a great passion for education and making sure that in every space she encounters the Indigenous voice is represented and recognized. Her love for her people across Turtle Island drives her each day to be the best and to learn all she can to build a better future for the next seven generations. With hopes of being an educator and working in the Native community, Zianne is a Human Development and Family Studies major, American Indian Studies minor, and in the Pre-Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where is also a Morehead-Cain Scholar. who is very active in the Native Carolina community as well as the Native community of North Carolina where she serves as President of the Carolina Indian Circle, a sister of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Incorporated, and publishes her own monthly newsletter for and about the Indigenous population of North Carolina.
Zianne is humbled to have the opportunity to work for CNAY and hopes that her time spent here will allow her to serve Indian Country in a capacity that she has never been able to before.