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Troi Madison Newman is a Black-Indigenous enrolled citizen of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe, Maryland, a graphic designer, and a recent paralegal graduate student from George Washington University. Troi is a certified American Board Association paralegal. From 2019 to 2021, while obtaining her master’s degree at George Washington University, Troi researched Missing Murdered Indigenous Women under Professor Lisa Leibow and Professor Elizabeth Rule. Troi’s research led to a publishing thesis: “Are Tribal Courts equipped with the knowledge and resources to handle MMIW cases of non-Native perpetrators?”. This thesis allowed Troi to interview Honorary Pat Sekaquaptewa, Justice of Hopi Appellate Court, The Court of Indian Affairs Western Region Court; Magistrate Marsha Harlan, Prosecutor Stephanie Whisnan, and Sophia Torres. Troi is the Project Artist of the Guide to Indigenous Maryland App available in the Apple Store and Google Play.