A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, Venida Chenault also taught American Indian studies and conducted social work at the school for 14 years. The Chair of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation's Constitution Committee, she is active in tribal politics.
Weaving Strength, Weaving Power, which examines violence against women in tribes, is based on the subjects Venida Chenault taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, which are a culmination of more than 25 years in the fields of social work and academia. Examining distress in the American Indian community, Venida Chenault addresses oppression and historical events that challenge traditional world views. With topics such as social justice and decolonization, Venida Chenault challenges society to research and examine the violence among American Indian college students. Venida Chenault attended the University of Kansas, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work and a Doctor of Philosophy.
Venida Chenault's other credits include several articles for academic journals, most recently “Three sisters: Lesson of traditional story honored in assessment and accreditation,”.