“Give yourself six months and do the one thing that absolutely terrifies you.”
Official Bio for Sooner Davenport
Sooner Davenport is Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, Kiowa and Navajo. She was born in Shiprock, New Mexico and currently lives in the Oklahoma City area.
She graduated with her Bachelor’s from Oklahoma City University and pursued graduate studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program.
Davenport is a passionate advocate for quality education, child welfare, multiculturalism and sensible economic policies. In 2014, Davenport was selected to the prestigious Native American Political Leadership Program in Washington DC. It was there that she served as a policy assistant for the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. She returned from this experience at the US Department of Education determined to continue policy work in Oklahoma. Her work with tribal governments includes the areas of taxation, economic development, oil & gas, renewable energy and government accountability. She has also completed an internship for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank.
Currently, she works in the non-profit sector building public awareness around the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault in communities throughout Oklahoma. She is involved in many projects and organizations, the latest of her endeavors is her campaign for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in District 43.
In this episode we discuss:
- How Sooner got her name
- Running cross-country in college
- Sooner’s ability to make tough decisions
- The importance of self-awreness
- “Following your passion” vs. being passionate about a job
- Native American Political Leadership Program
- Sooner’s healing journey and how she works to help others along their journey
- Sooner’s involvement in various non-profits, and Native Max Magazine
- Her candidacy for Oklahoma State House District 43
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