Tahnahga Yako is Mohawk, Taino, and Ojibwa who was adopted into the lineage of her grandmother Keewaydinoquay. She has been named within the Longhouse and also carries her name from her grandmother’s lineage. Tahnahga Yako is a cultural liaison/chaplain who is currently serving within PrairieCare. Tahnahga Yako works with our Indigenous youth who are admitted into our hospital and their families. Tahnahga Yako wears many hats within PrairieCare. She has worked in serving the American Indian community locally, and within the Great Lakes region. She has worked for many years with the Twin Cities American Indian Community as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, worked within the American Indian Community as a HIV/AIDS outreach worker and trainer locally and nationally, as an herbalist, activist, and workshop leader. Tahnahga Yako works as an assistant trainer in the Restorative Justice Field doing trainings at the college of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Tahnahga Yako is a true fan of Star Trek, loves reading sci-fi and other outer worldly possibilities. Tahnahga is learning traditional star knowledge to help in understanding our connection to all life around us. She loves being in the wilderness camping, hiking and has taught women survival classes.