Lenore was born on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where her father was born. Her mother is Minnecoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River Reservation, S.D.
Lenore earned her BA from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, then completed a civil rights career in Seattle, Washington. When she retired, she moved to Spokane to be an active unci (grandmother) to her two takojas (grandkids), and began her graduate studies. Lenore earned an M.A. from Portland Seminary/George Fox University in Oregon.
Lenore speaks and writes from a Native perspective on decolonizing theology and racial reconciliation. She serves on boards related to her interests in justice, the local community, Indigenous issues, and a discipleship of creation care.