This post is from July, 2008 - for current posts click here
I suppose I should give everyone a little background information about me.
I am an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa(Anishinaabe), and grew up here on the Grand Portage reservation. I spent a lot of time out on Lake Superior with my dad, who was a captain on the Grand Portage - Isle Royale route.
I have always loved the outdoors, and when an opportunity to return to school and study at Prescott College presented itself I knew I had to take it. Prescott is a great school for environmental studies as it is very field-oriented and gave me a chance to do hands on science in a variety of ecosystems. The school has a field station in Kino Bay, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez where I took the photo of the two Orcas below (look for the juvenile's breath). I was also able to study Tropical Biology in Costa Rica, and other courses took me all over the western United States. I graduated with a BA in Natural History and Ecology in December of 2006.
Soon after graduation I returned home and as luck would have it a position as Air Quality Specialist opened up at the Grand Portage Environmental Department, and here I am. There has been a lot more to learn on the job, and I am constantly learning more as I go.