Greetings, everyone! My name is Mahlea Hunt, my native name is Kutchin Hitu (Songbird). I was born and raised in Pembroke, NC, and I am incredibly proud to be a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. For over 12 years, I had the privilege of serving as a Lumbee Ambassador, and my passion for advocating for Indigenous rights and well-being has only grown stronger over time. As Miss Lumbee, and now beyond, my personal platform, “My Sisters Keeper,” focuses on advocating for justice and putting an end to the violence faced by Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirits. It is essential to create a safe and supportive environment for all members of our community, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in this regard. My academic journey led me to a BS in Health Science and Healthcare Administration from Wake Forest University. As a former intern at the Office of Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, I developed a deep interest in indigenous health. One of my greatest joys is conducting research to spread valuable information on how to lead a healthy life while honoring and preserving all traditional practices within tribal communities. When I am not immersed in my advocacy work and research, I find solace and joy in reading, spending quality time with my cherished family and friends, and exploring new places through travel.