Rachel Byington is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She represents the South Region and has been involved with the Wisconsin Indian Education Association Board since 2007 . She is from Madison where she lives with her husband and kids. Rachel has dedicated her work to serve American Indian populations in urban and tribal communities. Rachel completed her PhD in the School of Human Ecology in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies. Her dissertation is titled, “And We Were a Unit”: Urban American Indian Youth Perspectives on Act 31. She is currently employed with Earth Partnership as the Indigenous Arts and Sciences Community Liaison supporting partnerships and programs with Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau, and Ho-Chunk Nation, as well as Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College and College of Menominee Nations. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and gardening.