Sherri Mitchell was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.
Sherri has been a participant in both the American Indian Ambassador program and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship program.
In 2010, she received the Mahoney Dunn International Human Rights and Humanitarian Award for research into Human Rights violations against Indigenous Peoples. She is also the 2015 recipient of the Spirit of Maine Award for commitment and excellence in the field of International Human Rights.
Sherri was a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Healing the Future Program and currently serves as an advisor to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America.
She is a prolific writer with her work featured included in numerous journals, anthologies and publications. Sherri speaks and teaches throughout the United States and Canada on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice, peace building, strategic nonviolence and spiritual activism. Her broad base of legal, political, and spiritual knowledge allows her to speak about a multitude of issues and intersectionality.
Sherri is a practicing attorney. She has worked for the Solicitor of the United States Department of Interior in Washington, D.C.; Frederick, Peebles and Morgan Law Firm in Boulder, Colorado; as an educator for the Maine Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division, and; as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal’s Native American Unit.
She has a private law practice in the State of Maine and is the Founding Director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life.
Sherri is also the cohost of Love (and revolution) Radio, a radio program that highlights heart-based activism and revolutionary spiritual change around the world.