The 32-year-old Clark was born with fetal alcohol syndrome after her birth mother drank while pregnant. Melissa, a member of the Gros Ventre Assiniboine Sioux tribe, was raised in Great Falls by [Catholic Sister Johnelle] Howanach.
An article about Clark by Judie E. Gulley, which originally ran in the Cincinnati-based St. Anthony Messenger magazine, was reprinted in Apostrophe.
The article describes Clark's difficult road, from a hyperactive youngster who was considered impossible to educate, to an adult who runs her own business making homemade dog biscuits. Her foster mother helps with the business, called Lissie's Luv Yums, but Clark does much of the work herself.