Stormy Ogden is a California Indian woman, Kashaya Pomo, and a recognized member of the Tule River Yokuts tribe. She has a B.A. in Native American Studies from Humboldt State University and Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor through Merritt College in Oakland, California. Ogden is a former prisoner who was incarcerated for 5 years at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco. Since her release a little over 14 years ago, she has worked with the Bay Area and Humboldt County American Indian communities as a community organizer and speaker. She has done advisory work around the issues of Indian child welfare, protection of American Indian religious and spiritual traditions, Squaw Name Change Project, and the rights for American Indian women within the federal and state prison system. Ogden co-authored The American Indian within the White Man’s Prison: A Story of Genocide (Uncompromising Books).
The Prison Industrial Complex in Indigenous California
by Stormy Ogden
Ogden describes the historical legacy of the racism, abuse and mistreatment of Native American peoples in the United States at the hands of the U.S. government. She connects their history with the current imprisonment of Native Americans, including her own story to demonstrate the oppressive impact of incarceration.