Native Youth Leadership Alliance

Terra Harvey

(Diné/Yankton Sioux)


My name is Terra Harvey, I am a Deschinii born for a Tobahii. I am a mother and a wife living on the Navajo Reservation in Lukachukai, Arizona. I graduated from Fort Lewis College in April 2013 and am currently working at Diné College as an Academic Advisor. Diné College was the first tribal college ever to be established in the United States. Its existence was carefully thought out by our elders, medicine men who believed getting a western education was important for our people. Diné College also carries on the language, culture and history of our people, the Diné people.

Everything pretty much started here at Diné College for me.  It was here that I found my loving husband, had two beautiful boys and found out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. We grew by one more again on January 1st, 2014 with our Daughter Ellie and now we are a family of five!

Most of my spark has to do with my grandmother. She taught me that family and education are important. So my family is number one in my life. My life pretty much revolves around them and “making new memories” has been a motto that we live by each day. For education I’m always curious and willing to learn more which has also given me the motivation to do what I do now. My grandmother has taught me so much growing up and to this day I still remember all her teachings and I continue to use those teachings.

My NYLA mission is to continue to build leadership within my community as well as be a role model for the younger generation. I will try to help strengthen relationships by creating spaces for mothers and daughters, especially women to restore their connections among each other. At Diné College, I am passionate to work with a program called “Roses and Thorns” – a sharing space for young freshman women and single parents who need support in life and education. With this talking circle I hope to help the women to continue to love learning and accomplish their educational goals by helping them to find balance in their lives in a positive way.

In my NYLA journey I have grown so much since I became a founding member of the Native Youth Leadership Alliance. Thank you to all the donors and members of NYLA for being supportive of me and my endeavors. Yes, together we can make this world a better place for the generations to come!


Leadership Accomplishments

  • BA in Business Administration with Emphasis in Management, Fort Lewis College
  • Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative: Youth Convening Facilitator, Muscogee, OK, February 2010
  • American Indian College Fund Embrey American Indian Women’s Leadership Program Training, March 2011
  • Hopi Leadership Program Community Visit, January 2011
  • NYLA Intergenerational Visioning Retreat, November 2010
  • Founder of ‘Roses and Thorns’ Young Women’s Talking Circle at Diné College
  • Former President, American Indian Business Leaders, Diné College Chapter
  • AA in Business Spring 2011
  • Student of the Year 2011 Diné College
  • NYLA Steering Committee Member



Economic Development through Local Business, Strengthening Families, President of Diné College