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Poet Warrior visits with Raven Redbone on KAOS 89.3 FM pt 2
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Publish-date-icon April 30, 2012
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I am the system's worst nightmare--an American Indian with an education. I am a published poet, singer, songwriter, storyteller and human rights activist. I am a Tlingit (pronounced kling-get) Indian from Juneau, Alaska on my father's side and Blackfoot Indian from Browning, Montana of my mother's side. I am also an occupant of planet Earth, child of the universe and kin to all tribal peoples. I have lived most of my life in Washington state so I am accustomed to rain, rust and a strong, triple-shot cup of latte espresso.

My primary research interest and practice rest in the effort to help develop Indiginist (American Indian/Alaska Native) adult educational theory. Merging Indigenous educational theory and practice with current Adult Education theories and practices including critical and feminist theory, critical reflection and situated cognition is a part of my asserted effort to introduce non-Native learners and educators to Indian ways of knowing. The goals of this effort will be to examine 1) What Indigenous Educational Theory is, defining it, 2) How can/will it impact Adult Education, (what is it's role), 3) Why develop Indigenous thought as a educational theory?, and finally, 4) What difference will it make? My hope is that in the pursuit of these questions I will be to push adult education outside it's traditional box, and help make it more relevant by broadening the field's understanding of "other" ways of knowing.

My formal educational training began at the Northwest Indian College where I earned my Associate of Arts. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies from the Evergreen State College, and my Master of Arts in Education from Antioch University in Seattle. My experience as an adult educator began at Tacoma Community College in Washington state, where I worked as an ESL and ABE tutor and GED writing Instructional Assistant. I also worked at Children's Alliance as their Tribal Outreach Coordinator. My work at the Alliance involved establishing advocacy partnerships with Indian tribes in Washington state to help reservation communities establish and maintain summer nutrition programs for youth. I continued my practice while working as a program planning consultant for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the past two years I was the Administrative Coordinator of Education at the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in Auburn, Washington. At the Tribe, I was responsible for the oversight of all the Tribe's educational programs and the management of a budgets in excess of 3 million dollars in federal grants and contracts.

Finally, I define myself as a feminist Indian man with a Socialist feminist leanings. I am rooted in Native tribal spiritual traditions and Indigenous philosophical thought, and as such, I am ready to engage the world at point blank range in the struggle to make the planet a place where the pursuit of justice rivals the pursuit of happiness and where equality is not a privilege.

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