Tonja is an Indigenous woman, a revolutionary mother, an incarceration survivor and a community healer. She has worked in the community since 2004 on some level of grassroots organizing. She uses her lived experience to advocate for the change that is need to restore our communities from the trauma of mass incarceration.

Tonja has partnered with multiple organizations including MN Prison Doula Project, American Indian Prison Project Working Group, Minnesota Freedom Fund. She has recently taken the role as the Institute Director of All Squares Civil Rights Academy, and serves as a public member on the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission. Her passion and love for the community and people has been her motivation to carry this as her life’s work.