Bachelor, Radcliffe College-Harvard University, 1972. Juris Doctor, Stanford University, 1975.
Attorney, American Indian Policy Review Commission, Washington, 1975-1976; legislation assistant to Senator James A. Bourezk,, United States Senate, Washington, 1976-1977; counsel commission on Indian affairs, United States Senate, Washington, 1977-1978; Indian affairs specialist, unites states department Energy, Washington, 1978-1982; acting director, unites states department Energy, Washington, 1979-1980; director Indian resource development, New Mexico Higher Education, Las Cruces, 1982-1984, 87-89; deputy secretary, Natural Resource Department New Mexico, Santa Fe, 1984-1987; president, Institute American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, since 1989. Member of national advisory board Berkeley (California) Women's Law Journal, since 1984.
Member founding board directors National Institute for Women of Color, Washington, 1978-1984. Board directors Tonantzin Land Institute, Albuquerque, since 1986, New Mexico Women's Foundation, Albuquerque, since 1989. Member District of Columbia Bar, National Organization Native American Women (national officer 1987-1988).
Married Manuel Tijerina, April 24, 1976.