Love Richardson, a 2-term, tribal council member of the Fresh Water People of the Nipmuc Nation, continues to enhance her background in academia by the work she does on her degree in Tribal Governance, and in water preservation by her efforts to support indigenous women’s roles as Keepers of the Water. For many years, she has focused on Domestic Violence Prevention and has made a distinct impact on the healing and wellness of female survivors of violence.
She has spent 13+ years in diversity, equity, and inclusion as a Native American and is currently a diversity, equity, and inclusion representative for the University of Utah Pediatrics Department in addition to her full-time role as a Research Education Manager where she oversees the Genomics Summer Research for Minorities internship and the Native American Research Internship.
Additionally, Love was an advisory board member for the Journey Women Native American Resources Handbook and provided insight on a Susan G. Komen breast cancer resource booklet for Native American women.
Love has also served as a Commissioner for Massachusetts Commission of Indian Affairs from April of 2017 to August of 2019 where she actively participated in mediating Native American housing issues. Love has spoken publicly on Native women’s rights at the first Boston Women’s March as an indigenous water keeper regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline protest (NoDAPL movement), Native American Anti-Mascotry, and as a board member for the Native Land Conservancy of Massachusetts.
Love has worked as the Tribal Historic Preservation Department Manager for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe where she has had the opportunity to work heavily with the Massachusetts Tribal Confederation through the Native American Graves Protection and Repartition Act (NAGPRA) dedicated to repatriation of Native American human remains in Massachusetts.
Of her two greatest impacts, Love has enjoyed is her time as an active board member for Wisdom of the Elders, a group of national Native Americans Elders who work in support of generations of Native Americans who suffer historical trauma. In addition, she has also held the first Nipmuc/k community water ceremony in years on lake Chaubunagungamaug, where she invited Nipmuc/k tribal attendees and indigenous members to attend from as far as Canada and South America.
Her most favored personal involvement has been with the Native American population as a youth royalty mentor, family advocate, tribal leader, traditional dancer, sun dancer, and artisan.
Love currently serves as a tribal council member and clerk for the Nipmuc Nation, and Board Member Native American LifeLines of Boston.