Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter: Cultural Pride and Education on the Reservation

"Education is key to the sharing of knowledge. We share knowledge not saying that our way is the best way, but to build bridges, to share and come to an agreement. A lot of times the natives have been consulted by the Park Service for management of animals but rarely are they given a seat at the table, that's one of the issues for instance…" - Tarissa Spoonhunter

Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter, professor of American Indian Studies at Central Wyoming College, is focused on sharing Native knowledge in order to increase understanding and build relationships—something that resides deep in her roots growing up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Her Nation Building classes introduce Federal Indian law and policy classes to help American Indians learn about contemporary issues that they are facing today in subject areas of treaty rights, national forest, national parks, and traditional ecological rights.

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