Shianne “Little Tree” Sebastian was born and raised on the Eastern Pequot Indian Reservation and is the daughter of Ashbow and Colleen Sebastian. She is the granddaughter of the late William “Neeze Mattuck” Sebastian and Louise Epps Sebastian.
During the summers of 2007-2009, Shianne acted as a tribal intern for the Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School with Professor Stephen Silliman at UMASS Boston. She was also accepted into the program in 2009 and received college credit for successfully completing the course.
Shianne received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2013, where she studied Neuroscience and Native American Studies. While at Dartmouth, she was a member of Native Americans at Dartmouth and the Native Dancing Society.
For many years, Shianne competed in the the Traditional and Eastern Blanket dance categories at pow wows all around New England. In addition to serving on tribal council, she is the Secretary of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation- Wuttooantam Foundation, Inc. As a member of this non-profit organization, she hopes to continue to support the local Native American community and to educate the general public on indigenous history and culture.
Shianne currently works for Invicro, a Konica Minolta company, in New Haven, CT researching neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
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