Rising Above Opioid Addiction An Indigenous Woman’s Story of Childhood Trauma, Faith & Healing by Siera Taketchera Russell by Siera Taketchera Russell
Someone you love might be only one high away from dying of an overdose.
That was Siera’s story.
For two decades, she lived a daily battle. Would she press on in her pursuit of the pinnacle of success…or surrender to the constant temptation to self-destruct?
This riveting memoir recounts the journey of an indigenous girl from an impoverished reservation in the American Southwest… all the way to Harvard and U.C. Berkeley Law School. Along the way, the demons from her violent, dysfunctional childhood continue to haunt her steps, dragging her again and again into the depths of addiction and destructive relationships.
Can she overcome the stigma of opioid addiction to fulfill her commitment to lead her tribe forward, discovering faith, hope and love along the way?
In this unforgettable, gut-wrenchingly honest book, Siera shares the difficult choices she made, the price she paid and the reason she continues to believe.
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Siera T. Russell is a direct descendant of the Wipukepa, a separate people of the early Yavapais from central Arizona. Her ancestors were indige-nous to the Verde Valley, Oak Creek Canyon, and Boynton Canyon in Central Arizona.
Siera was first in her immediate family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor of Arts de-gree in education from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts degree in education, magna cum laude, from Harvard, and a Juris Doctorate degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Law.
In 2016, Siera was elected to a three-year term as a legislative member of her tribal nation’s council. Prior to this office, she was an assistant professor of law and taught Property, Criminal Procedure, Topics in Indian Law, and International Human Rights Law.
Currently, Siera presides as an associate judge for a Southwest Indian community, oversees her fami-ly’s retail business, and manages Indigenous Men-tors, LLC. She also serves on the Indian Bible Col-lege Board of Trustees (Flagstaff, AZ) and on the Living Water Foursquare Church Council (Cotton-wood, AZ).
Siera enjoys discovering the distinctive qualities of the Verde River’s parks and wildlife. She experi-ences the greatest joy when sharing these times with her daughter, Sacheen and granddaughter, Giovanna.
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