CoCo has been working in community mobilization, education, and policy work for the past 20 years. CoCo’s focus includes the restoration of traditional tobacco and cultural lifeways as a way to create change. One of her recent accomplishments was receiving the 2020 Minnesota Public Health Association’s Paul and Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award. CoCo is inspired by her ancestors to carry on their teachings for her children. In her free time, she loves to hike, visit, and dance with her family.