Michelle Schenandoah, Oneida
CEO, Founder, Editor-In-Chief
An inspirational writer, speaker, and thought leader, Michelle Schenandoah is a member of the Oneida Indian Nation Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Founder of Rematriation Magazine, Michelle is taking her expertise to create an Indigenous women’s online media platform. She is focused on community development and leadership for Indigenous women and their communities. She and her husband, Neal Powless, founded Indigenous Concepts Consulting to serve Indigenous communities, and additionally to incorporate Indigenous perspective into the mainstream to raise a new consciousness in existing business paradigms and media. She served as an economic and governance strategist for Indigenous nations across the U.S. with Blue Stone Strategy Group. She also has an extensive background in law and business development.
Having worked in New York City as a consultant and business owner in the fields of project management training and leadership, her clients included multiple Fortune 500 Companies and Indigenous governance consulting firms. Michelle has also worked in the non-‐profit sector raising scholarships and in product development for the American Indian College Fund. She also provided capacity building and strategic development for the United Nations NGO, Children of the Earth.
For over four years, Michelle served as President of the Board of Directors for the Seven Dancers Coalition, a sanctioned 501(c)(3) by the Department of Justice and the Office on Violence Against Women, focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault through empowerment in Indigenous communities. She is a former Board member for the Native American Music Awards, which established the Native Music category in the GRAMMYS. She is a former advisor to the Native American Technology Journey that was established by IBM and Clear Communications Group that awarded technology grants to Native American communities.
Michelle holds a JD and LL.M. in Taxation from New York Law School, a BA from Cornell University, and is a MS Candidate in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She lives in her people’s homelands with her husband and their four beautiful children.