Native Hope is made up of a diverse team of Native and Non-Natives working together to dismantle barriers and bring hope and healing through storytelling.


Jennifer Long

Executive Director

Jennifer Long, enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe [Kul Wicasa Oyate], joins Native Hope after working at St. Joseph’s Indian School for 12 years. Her experience lies in online and direct mail marketing in addition to project management. It is only fitting for Jen to lead the Native Hope team as she has been involved with the company since its inception. Her understanding of the issues facing Native America helped to pave way for our messaging and mission. As her friend once said, “hope may be an overused word but an underused concept.” My Hope: My Native Hope is to bring hope and healing to Native Americans throughout the country while providing opportunities and encouraging independence.

Kim Kontz

Kim Kontz

Office Manager

Kim co-owned and co-operated a small business for many years. Her business background provides Native Hope with solid leadership and organization. The variety in her job excites Kim as every day brings a new challenge. She considers it an honor to be part of such a great team. My Hope: My Hope is that Native Americans get inspired by the good work and inspirational stories that we share at Native Hope. I want them to know that they can also do whatever inspires them!


Trisha Burke

Editorial Director

Trisha enters her fifth year at Native Hope with a continued belief in its mission to empower young Native Americans to be the best version of themselves. Prior to Native Hope, she taught English (24 years) and directed theatre (29 years). Her experience as a literature/composition instructor and a theatrical director, along with her passion for writing, afford Trisha a unique perspective as editorial director. Authentic storytelling remains core to her ideals as a professional. My Hope: Since childhood, I have held kindness and equity as key ideals. My hope is to provide meaningful, positive storytelling allows Native people to experience the respect and dignity they deserve.