Carmen is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She has worked toward ending violence against Native women professionally and as a volunteer since 1988. In 1988, she began working in the field as a Children’s Advocate in a shelter, at which she held various other positions over the years. During that time, she served as a co-chair for the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and as a consultant for the Center for Offender Management, Mending the Sacred Hoop, National State Courts and Sacred Circle- National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women.
Carmen currently serves as the Director for the Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains, a tribal coalition whose membership consists of Native programs, providing services to women who experience violence, across the northern Great Plains. Carmen is also a board member of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, a national resource center and technical assistance provided for ending violence against Native Women. Carmen has provided service and leadership throughout her Reservation by sitting on a variety of boards and committees. Carmen’s areas of expertise include civil protection orders, children’s issues around domestic violence, and advocacy training for the areas of sexual assault and domestic violence.