B.A., Northland College M.Ed., Black Hills State College M.S., University of Montana
Northland College’s location in the heart of Ojibwe country is ideal. The college’s small size and environmental/liberal arts mission, as well as its Northwoods location near many different federal, state and tribal agencies, present students with opportunities that are not available at most other colleges. Along with my time spent teaching, I am working on a Native American Museum project that includes three phases. Phase one involves designing a floor plan; designing display cases; budgeting, requisition and procurement of materials; and construction skills. Phase two involves displaying artifacts; researching, developing and writing text for exhibits with Ojibwe and English translations; and artifact security. The final phase will include teaching work-study students operational museum skills in conducting guided tours, assisting in sponsoring and coordinating cultural awareness activities related to the overall theme of the museum, and Anishinabe seasonal activities. Growing up on the Bad River Indian Reservation, I have always lived very close to nature and the teachings of tribal elders, which inspired me to choose Biology and Secondary Education as my undergraduate majors. Being raised in a native traditionalist family, I have been fortunate to have my grandfather and many other native elders as teachers. Many have shared their knowledge from the time of my preschool years to the present day. The natural world has always influenced my hobbies and interests. Hunting, fishing, canoeing, maple sugaring, harvesting wild rice, and collecting other wild edibles have always been favorite past times. Also, I have participated in high school and college athletics. Football was my favorite sport, and today, I am a fanatic Packer fan.