Sonlatsa “Sunshine” Jim-Martin

Sonlatsa Jim-MartinSonlatsa “Sunshine” Jim-Martin is Navajo-Modoc enrolled in the Navajo Nation. She is of the Sleeping Rock Clan and born for the Modoc Tribe. Her maternal grandfather is of the Salt Clan. She was raised in and lives on the Navajo Reservation in Tohlakai, NM. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Colorado College and is working on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Public Health. Her past experience includes working with Indian Education, Navajo Nation Human Resources Management, Navajo Nation Social Services, Navajo Nation Headstart, Navajo Department of Health as well as with various non-profit organizations such as the COPE Program with Partners In Health (PIH) and New Mexico Appleseed. She has led food justice efforts through Navajo Food Policy advocacy and drinking water awareness on the Navajo Nation in partnership with grassroots community activists and Navajo tribal leaders. She volunteered at Standing Rock in North Dakota for a week with her family in solidarity with Water Protectors. Sonlatsa currently works with the New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute in the Gallup, New Mexico area. As an indigenous women, she advocates for the reform of systems to better serve children and families including health equity, youth empowerment and civic engagement. Sonlatsa is a wife and mother of four children, an indigenous food grower, and social justice activist.