The Grand Portage Reservation is at the northeastern tip of Minnesota. The Air Quality Program has many ongoing projects in order to maintain healthy indoor and outdoor air. These projects include monitoring for regional haze and particulate matter, indoor air quality, invasive plant removal, public outreach, environmental education, alternative energy, and climate change.

Monday, July 7, 2008

A Little About Myself

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.

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