Alyssa Kelly is a proud member of the Confederated Salish (Selis), Kootenai (Ktunaxa), and Pend d’Oreille (Qlispe) tribes. She was born and raised on the Flathead Reservation in Montana and descends from the Red Horn and Chief Eagle families.
Alyssa joined ACLU Montana in August 2020. As the Development Associate, she provides behind-the-scenes strategy and support for the development department to support the ACLU of Montana’s work. Before joining ACLU of Montana, Alyssa served over 10 years as a journalist focused on Indigenous issues. She is a published author of Salish language children’s books and illustrated Salish language curriculum. She has served on the Nkwusm Immersion School Board of Directors and was a Salish language apprentice at the Selis Qlispe Culture Committee.
Alyssa was raised by her grandmother (Yaya) the late Rose Red Horn Tanner, her mother the late Andrea Kelly, and her aunt Juliana Tanner. She has two children and loves engaging in her culture with family and friends. Alyssa enjoys being outdoors, traveling, staying active, visiting, and learning.
Alyssa attended the University of Montana School of Journalism and Salish Kootenai College majoring in Native American Studies. She has been active in supporting social and environmental justice work.