L'Dawn Olsen

L’Dawn Olsen is the thankful daughter of an Eastern Shoshone mother belonging to the Yellow Bangs clan. She lives in Fort Washakie on Shoshone ancestral homelands on what is now called the Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming.  Her Native ancestry is her North Star and roots the way she stands in the world and serves the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people as a community intellectual and organizer, and as the Equity and Inclusion Specialist for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She was a fellow and holds an MFA from Brown University. Her education, training, and service employs decolonization technology in the reclamation and renewal of Indigenous ancestral ways of knowing and being toward Indigenous liberation, self-determination, and sovereignty. Close to her heart are the current projects Reclaiming Shoshone Ancestral Food Gathering, Peacemakers Lodge of Wind River, and Healing Rose: Native Women and Girls Well-Living Lodge.