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Jolanda Ingram, Esq., B.A., J.D.
RHS Harrington House


Jolanda is a married mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother of 6 grandchildren. She is an enrolled Tribal member with the federally recognized tribe of Tolowa Deeni Nation, located in Smith River, CA. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1990, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1984. Jolanda passed the July 1991 California Bar Exam and has been a licensed attorney for 26 years. After law school, she opened her own law office and then worked as a staff attorney at California Indian Legal Services, an Executive Director of Two Feathers Native American Child and Family Services (a consortium of federally recognized Tribes), the Executive Director of Gaming & the Housing Director at the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, and a Professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods. She also served as the first Judge of the Yurok Tribe and as the Judge Pro Tem at the Hoopa Valley Tribe. In 2001, Jolanda founded a non-profit called Niwhongwh E:na:wh Stop the Violence Coalition (Hupa for Families In A Good Way). She opened the first shelter for Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and human trafficking on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation (the Tribe with the largest land base in California). The non-profit also provided direct legal services to the survivors as well.

She has served on the following local, state and federal Boards and Task Forces: the Humboldt County Citizens Child Welfare Advisory Board (as Chair for one year and Board member for 4 years); the State of California VAWA Task Force from 1995 to 1999; and the National (Federal) Section 904 VAWA Task Force (on the Research of Violence Against Native women) from 2008 to 2010. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Redwood Coast Regional Center. She began working as the Program Director of the Harrington House in Crescent City, California in May, 2016. According to Jolanda, “It is no mistake that I ended up serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and human trafficking, as I am a survivor. I love working in this field! Thank you everyone for trusting me to serve the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.”