Tomee L. Brown, M.S. Ed.
Being the eldest of 6 children, there was the pressure to leave my mark and break path for them to follow. I knew I needed to get to college, I just did not know how to get there. The admissions process was intimidating and we did not get a lot of university admissions counselors coming to our reservation high school, saying , “let me help you get to college.” I eventually stumbled my way there and met some really amazing support staff and professors who became my tiospaye at college. They guided me on my journey, removed barriers and helped me jump some pretty big hurdles. Without them, I cannot say for sure if I would have made it but I did! And am now ready to help others do it! By working with Jump Start as an Access Advisor, this is my wopila, way to give thanks, and help other young relatives achieve their life goals and dreams through education and earning their degrees, too.
Tomee L. Brown is an Access Advisor with SD Jump Start, serving East River and 6 of 9 SD reservations. She is a strong advocate for education, wellness, and behavioral health issues in Indian Country. Tomee earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Sociology: Professional and Criminal Justice from Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD. She continued in her graduate studies at Northern State University, earning her Masters of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Through the College Access Challenge Grant, she previously served as the American Indian Advisor for Northern State University. Her professional experiences include periods with Tonemah Consulting Group, Great Plains Indian Health Service, Aberdeen School District’s Indian Education Program, and SD Urban Indian Health.
Originally from the community of Wakpala, SD, on the south side of Standing Rock Reservation, Tomee is an enrolled tribal citizen of Standing Rock Lakota Tribe. She also has familial ties to the Ho Chunk Nation, WI, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, NV, and Klamath Tribe, OR. She currently resides in Aberdeen, SD