Cindy Farlee, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, was raised on a cattle ranch on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in north central South Dakota. She is a first-generation college graduate who obtained a B.A. in Indigenous and American Indian Studies with an emphasis in Sovereignty from Haskell Indian Nations University and was also part of the first cohort of Arizona State University’s Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate program. Cindy served on the inaugural board of directors for the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance, the youth advisory board of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, interned with the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, where she assisted in the development of a Native Agriculture-driven curriculum and coordination of a national youth leadership event, as well as the Indian Land Tenure Foundation where she was a research intern. Currently, she works as a program officer for the Native American Agriculture Fund, a private charitable trust that supports Native American farmers and ranchers.