Mary Young (Prairie Band Potawatomi) writes about herself, “My parents are both Prairie Band. My mother was born and raised in Mayetta, Kansas, and my father in Arpin, Wisconsin (Skunk Hill). I have been living in Kansas since 1999. My education includes a Bachelors of Art (BA) in Mass Communication/Journalism sequence and a minor in Philosophy; a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS); and a Title II-B Fellow from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. My library experience includes working in an academic, public, and special library setting. Currently I am a co-editor for the Prairie Band Potawatomi News in Mayetta, Kansas and a certified drug and alcohol counselor from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Membership includes the Native American Journalist Association (NAJA), the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals (KAAP), the PBPN group of the NE Kansas Methamphetamine Prevention Coalition, and the Red Ribbon Committee. Former memberships include the National Congress of the American Indian (NCAI), ALA, AILA, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), New Mexico Library Association, the Santa Fe Librarian’s Consortium and the Means and Ways Committee for the Santa Barbara Urban American Indian Health Board, and the Prairie Band’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit 410.”
Mary Young is a member of the Advisory Board of the Sequoyah Research Center.