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Photo by Maja Tobias

Trisha Rivers (formerly Etringer) is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and has ancestral ties to the Meskwaki, Pima, and Ojibwe nations. She currently works as the Siouxland Project Director for an Indigenous-led non-profit organization, Great Plains Action Society. Trisha graduated in 2019 from University of Northern Iowa with her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Mental Health. She was primarily raised by her adoptive father who worked as an electrician for John Deere for almost 40 years in Waterloo, Iowa. She spent most of her K-12 education at parochial schools. Even as a young Native girl, she never felt like she fit in nor taught the Indigenous perspective of US history. As she got older, she started to reconnect with her biological family in the Siouxland area. This is where Trisha learned more about her cultural identity and everything in between. This ultimately led to her to University of Northern Iowa and her current career path. 

Trisha is currently the vice-chair for the Native American Parent Advisory Committee for the Sioux City School District. She has served on this committee since 2019. This committee addresses the needs and wants for the Native American students attending the Sioux City School District. 

She has also served as the vice-chair for the Community Action Agency board. She also sits on the board for The Warming Shelter, the Native American Advisory Board for the Sioux City Police Department, and serves as the Native Representative for Sioux City's first Inclusive Committee. She is no stranger to civic engagement. She has organized and built power within the Siouxland area to address and advocate for change. She was the recipient of the 2022 Young Women of Excellence Award and the Human Rights Commission War Eagle Award.

Trisha is a hardworking go-getter who is dedicated to creating change needed in her communities (Native and non-Native). She has and will continue to serve as a big voice for her constituents. Trisha's main goal is to inspire others to step into their power by educating and leading by example. She feels that it is highly important that all members of the community are informed, heard, and invited to the table. 


Photo by United Today, Stronger Tomorrow

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