Ahwahnee Williams was born and raised on the Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation located in the beautiful Eastern Sierra mountains of California. She is a proud citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. Ahwahnee is a mother of two teenage children who are enrolled citizens of the Blackfeet Nation from Browning Montana.
For many years she worked within her community on the Bishop Paiute Reservation in various administrative capacities. She has years of experience providing outreach and working with students from grade school to college. After working in this occupation she decided to go back to school to seek a degree. In 2018 she relocated to Pablo Montana to attend Salish Kootenai College (SKC.) SKC is a Tribal college in Northwestern Montana located on the homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’oreille people. She will be receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Tribal Historic Preservation.
While attending SKC she interned with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) in Washington DC. After the internship she was hired for a nine month federal contract which was successfully completed in October 2022. Ahwahnee is excited to join the Rankin Foundation team and to advocate for Indian women in the state of Montana seeking undergraduate degrees.