Lily Gladstone was raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Northwestern Montana.  

Of mixed heritage, Lily’s tribal affiliations include Kainai, Amskapi Piikani and Nimi'ipuu First Nations. In 2008, she graduated with high honors from the University of Montana with a BFA in Acting, and a minor in Native American studies.  Film credits include Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women, Alex and Andrew Smith’s Winter in the Blood, Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P, and Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart.  She has thrice toured nationally with The Montana Repertory Theater.

In addition to garnering multiple film and theater credits, she has facilitated countless expressive arts workshops with various social justice and human rights advocacy groups - including National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Living Voices, Red Eagle Soaring, Longhouse Media, Yellow Bird Inc., The Roxy Film Academy and Conscious Alliance. Her emphasis is youth outreach and education.