Jaylyn Suppah



Founder and Director



Alish (ah-lish) is Jaylyn Suppah’s Indian name given to her by her namesake and grandmother Margaret Suppah. Jaylyn Suppah is her English name. She is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a descendant of the Yakama Nation from her paternal side. On her maternal side, she is a descendant of Shoshone-Bannock and Cree canadian. Jaylyn is a mother of two school age children, an educator, an advocate for social justice, equitable education and equitable representation. She was raised on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation in the northern part in a community called Simnasho, Oregon and is a traditional food gatherer for her Tribe. Her passion is decolonizing education and using her cultural teachings with her children, her community and always looks for ways to incorporate her culture into everything she is involved with. Jaylyn founded and is now the director for Papalaxsimisha, which she developed in 2014 that works to advocate for equitable education, the uplifting and incorporation of Traditional knowledge and advancing cultural and health equity practices and policies. Papalaxsimisha incorporates historical trauma, healing, self-identity, cultural awareness, high school, college and career readiness in a curriculum she and two native teachers developed. She is the co-director of the Tribal Democracy Project that works to protect, uplift and empower indigenous communities through civic engagement, equitable representation and Tribal sovereignty. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College through the Native Pathways Program. Her background includes cultural awareness facilitation trainer, Traditional Health Worker, youth mentor, facilitating on historical trauma with the focus on healing, curriculum development and youth program development. She is always looking for ways to advocate for her Tribe, her people, her community and building the capacity to build collective work. She ensures she creates spaces that allow for others to learn, have a voice and to join the efforts.
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