Tiana LaPointe is a member of the Sicangu Lakota people. She was born on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. In her formative years, Tiana grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.
Her introduction to Indigenous media arts and peer teaching began in high school. After graduation, she immediately transitioned into a cascade of media arts teaching work in Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools, as well as in after-school programs.
Alongside similarly active family members, Tiana advocates for international Indigenous human rights within the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City and through media arts initiatives in national venues.
Tiana has trained and developed more than 500 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in creating video shorts on social justice issues, stories on cultural and community themes, and family histories. She continues to consult with numerous Indigenous people, artists, programs, organizations, and foundations.