Madison Weingust is an Anishinaabekwe who is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is pursuing a degree in Native American studies at Bay Mills Community College. She is passionate about her Anishinaabe culture and seeks to convey this through her writing.


Markus Altaha is a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and attends San Carlos Apache College. It was in high school that he discovered his talent for writing. Since then, he has written himself out of those dark places we all find ourselves in while surviving that “Rez life.” He is currently pursuing wild dreams that roam beyond the barbed wire fences of the Rez, as he finds his own place in the world as an Indigenous introvert.


Rachel “Dolly” Peterman is a law enforcement student at Leech Lake Tribal College. She is also a security officer, previously taught graduate courses in law and ethics and related subjects at Cardinal Stritch University, and practiced law in the Twin Cities area. Peterman earned BS and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of Minnesota. When she’s not working or studying, she is usually plowing snow or deer-watching.


Mickki Garrity (Bodewadmi) is enrolled in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and lives on the North Coast of Oregon. She’s pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Native environmental science at Northwest Indian College and spends her free time walking in the woods and puttering in the kitchen. Mickki is a Cobell Scholar and Doris Duke Conservation Scholar. Her stories have been published in ang(st) and Adelaide.


Brianna G. Reed is the Diné author of several short fiction and nonfiction essays that have previously appeared in Leonardo Fine Arts Magazine and TCJ Student. Raised in a military family in Hope Mills, North Carolina, she now studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she spends her time running among the reeds of the bosque river, searching for poetry along the water.


Jasmine Neosh (Menominee) is a student at College of the Menominee Nation and an American Indian College Fund student ambassador. In this blogspot, Neosh focuses on issues of sustainability and environmental justice, bringing a fresh perspective to these critical issues that is both student and Indigenous centered.

Shared Stories

Scarlett Cortez (Salvadoran) studied studio arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts and served as an officer with the AIHEC student congress. Shared Stories addresses issues such as violence against women and the well-being of women of color.

Twiniversity: Life of a Tribal College Mom

A student at Salish Kootenai College, Celina Gray (Blackfeet and Little Shell Chippewa) is the mother of twins who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from SKC. Gray illuminates the trials, tribulations, and rewards of being both a mother and a full-time TCU student.

Red Storyteller

TCJ Student’s first student blogger, Shaina Nez (Dine’) was an intern at TCJ and a student at Dine’ College who went on to study at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her blog covers a wide array of issues, to which she brings an important Navajo perspective.