#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Dina Gilio, 48, of Albuquerque, NM

Dina Gilio She was an economically disadvantaged Native American who survived domestic abuse. Then her ten-year-old’s father lost his battle with cancer.

“Not only do I feel the responsibility to my son, I also am deeply aware of my responsibility to my community as an American Indian,” Gilio said.

An accomplished artist and political activist, Gilio decided the most powerful way she could help people was through the legal system. She is currently working on her degree from the University of New Mexico and hopes to attend law school to eventually practice federal Indian law.

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