Jolene Rickard is an art and history educator, photographer and curator. She was born a member of the Turtle Clan in the Tuscarora Nation of Iroquois peoples and attended London College of Printing in 1977. She earned her BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1991 she received her masters degree at Buffalo State, and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies with a Native component in 1996 at SUNY Buffalo.
She was one of a select group of curators who helped to design the permanent exhibitions at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, which opened in 2004. Her installations and photographs revolve around Native American issues.
She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the American Indian Program at Cornell University.