Reshawn Edison comes from Diné Bikéyah (Navajo Nation) In New Mexico and Arizona. As a first-generation Indigenous Scholar, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Anthropology and a minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of Denver in the summer of 2022. As an Indigenous student leader and activist, he served as a member of the Native Student Alliance and an undergraduate representative of the Native American Indigenous Leadership Council. In addition, he created a podcast Cultivated Space, highlighting native histories for the Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Reshawn has frequently been called upon by the Indigenous community in need, providing ceremonial and practical services for the Diné Navajo people. In the Denver area, he is connected with the Indigenous community, including relationships with the Indian Center, various chapters of the Native American Church, and nonprofit organizations that support indigenous initiatives for healing, growth, and social justice.
His experiences at a predominantly white institution in higher education have encouraged him to continue Native American advocacy, serving his communities and POC allies. He serves as President of Heska Makoche Tyospiye Native American Church of Colorado, a organization dedicated to creating access of Indigenous prayer and healing. Reshawn is also a third-generation southwest jewelry artist who works with precious stones, shells, and metals.