Kyra’s Indian name is ‘Kiohod,’ which translates to Rainbow. She is Coeur d’ Alene and Tohono O’ odham and a direct descendant of Chief Spokane Gary. Kyra is a graduate from Washington State University (WSU) where she majored in Digital Technology and Culture (DTC), while minoring in both Fine Arts and Comparative Ethnic Studies. While at WSU, she received the President’s Leadership Award, DTC Community Service and Engagement Award, and DTC Outstanding Senior Award.
Kyra is very passionate about working with Native communities and believes storytelling can be a form of both learning and healing. Before joining NICWA, she taught Native youth how to create podcasts with Voices to Hear, was a communications consultant for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, and spent time as a production assistant working on telling the stories of Indigenous people with Providence Pictures on the PBS series Native America 2.0.