Tleena Ives is an enrolled member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and is a single mother of four children: Kaylayla, Kanim, Kiaya and Kah-Ty. Tleena has a BA, Liberal Arts in Indigenous Education from Evergreen State College. She is a former Miss Indian USA, the first to represent a Northwest Tribe. Tleena is the current Together For Children Project Coordinator with the PGST and has several years working in Head Start as a Culture & Language teacher. Her previous work experience includes working as a consultant/ trainer with the National Head Start Family Literacy Center, Collaborating with Indian Health Services as a Trainer for Digital Stories, Fitness Trainer for “Physical Activity Kit” Curriculum for Native Communities, and also as a Trainer & Development Specialist for the Colville Tribe’s Child Support Program.
Tleena’s story on environmental health perspectives collected from Port Gamble Sk’lallam mothers became a children’s book that will be featured in April 2015. The book is incredible- stay tuned!