Mariah Gladstone grew up in Northwest Montana with one moccasin in the Flathead Valley and one in the Blackfeet Reservation. She began developing her own recipes at the age of two and gradually started incorporating indigenous foods as she grew older. She graduated from Columbia University in May 2015 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. During her time there, she was instrumental in the university’s Native American Council, implementing programming around indigenous issues like environmental activism, Native humor, and physical and nutritional wellness. She returned to Montana where she works in the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs and continues to work on Native issues, specifically developing a pre-colonial cooking show called Indigikitchen. Mariah has been recognized as one of the top 25 Under 25 leaders in Indian Country and as a Champion for Change by the Aspen Institute.