avatar for Desi Rodriguez Lonebear

Desi Rodriguez Lonebear

Desi Rodriguez Lonebear (née Small-Rodriguez) is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation from Montana, U.S.A  She holds a Bachelors Degree with Honours and Masters Degree in Sociology from Stanford University.  Desi is pursuing a Dual PhD in Demography at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her PhD thesis is entitled Data For Sovereignty: Counting and Classifying Tribal Identity. Her research focus is indigenous demography examining the interface of identity, enumeration,official statistics, and data sovereignty for indigenous peoples. She is committed to evidence based tribal development and has served as a tribal researcher for her tribe and for Māori tribes in New Zealand. She also has a policy research background spanning tribal, national, and international governments. Desi ran for her Tribal Council in 2012 and maintains a strong connection to her people and her homeland. She is an appointed adviser to the Director of the United States Census Bureau as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. In 2009, Desi was recognized by the State of Montana with the "Honor Yourself" Role Model Award and she serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in Indian Country.