Chelsea Hendrickson (Nookhoosei Hisei/Angarar) is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe (Hinono'eino) from Ethete, Wyoming and a shareholder of the Calista Corporation of the Cup'iq people from Mekoryuk, Alaska (Nuniwarmiut).
Her Grandmother is Lillian Amos (Coouxceneihii Hisei) of Ethete, Wyoming. Lillian is Northern Arapaho and Gros Ventre. Lillian's parents were Orlo Amos (kookuteeneiht) and Mary Hendricks. Chelsea was gifted her Hinono'eitiit (Northern Arapaho) name by her grandfather Felix Returns To War Sr. Her Hinono'eitiit name is Nookhoosei Hisei which translates to Sweet Sage Woman.
Chelsea's Grandfather is Phillip Hendrickson Sr. (Dachilkar) of Mekoryuk, Alaska. Phillip's parents are Kay Hendrickson Sr. (Qiawgar) and Bernice Hendrickson (Jukuq). Chelsea was gifted her Cupiq name by her "Uppa" Dachilkar. Her Cupiq name is Angarar. This is a common Cupiq name and has been passed down in her family. It was her grandmother's name.
Chelsea was born in Seattle, Washington, and has been raised, back and forth, between Washington and her Tribal communities her whole life. She graduated from James A. Garfield High School in 2007 and has most recently lived in Tukwila for the last six years. Prior to that she was living and working in Riverton, Wyoming.
Chelsea knows that she has big Mukluqs and Moccasins to fill - both sides of her family were keepers of ceremony, language, culture, and stories. She descends from master mask carvers, authors, board directors, and quillwork matriarchs.
Chelsea works full-time as a Program Coordinator for the Pathways to Healing Program at Cowlitz Tribal Health in Tukwila. She has worked there for two years. Chelsea has focused her work on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). She has created a workshop that she uses to educate her community about the injustices Indigenous women face every day. As a survivor of DV/SA and a family member of a murdered Indigenous woman, she uses her platform to bring awareness to these issues. Chelsea is very grateful to work for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and learn more about Coast Salish cultures. Although, she misses her maternal homelands, she knows the invaluable knowledge she is gaining by working for the Tribe will help her pursue her lifelong goals.
She also works part-time as a Youth Advocate at Labateyah Youth Home in Ballard. She has worked there for five years. She understands what it means to be a homeless youth and does her best to inspire and uplift the residents at the youth home in what ways she can. She is inspired by United Indians of All Tribes’ history and the American Indian Women's Service League.
Chelsea is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree from South Seattle College with hopes of eventually getting a Bachelor’s in Social and Human Services. Chelsea hopes to one day serve her own Tribal communities in a leadership position, whether that is running for her Tribal Council in Wyoming or serving on the Board of Directors for the Calista Corporation.