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Robin Butterfield (Hochunk/Anishanabe) is senior liaison for minority community outreach at the National Education Association, President of the Oregon Indian Education Association, and incoming Board Chair of the National Indian Education Association. She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska with ancestry also from the White Earth Ojibwa Tribe of Minnesota. Butterfield has over 30 years of experience as an educator. Before working at NEA, she was the professional development specialist at the Center for School Improvement within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She recently managed the contracts with 13 Tribally Controlled Community Colleges and state universities, providing staff development to BIA funded schools. She has been a Wisdom board member since 2016.
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Ms. Terri Hansen (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) is a journalist who covers science and the environment for the national Indian Country Today Media Network, as well as a number of other environmental magazines. Ms. Hansen focuses on toxic substances, earth sciences, and climate science as it relates to Native and Indigenous communities. She hails from Portland, Oregon, and has lived in a number of natural and wild areas of the Pacific Northwest. Her undergraduate degree in Communications is from Portland State University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the Earth Journalism Network. She serves on the Board Strategic Communications Committee and has been a Wisdom board member since 2014.
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Ciarra Greene is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) culture and traditions emphasize environmental stewardship and drives Ciarra’s academic, professional, and personal endeavors. Ciarra received her MS degree in Science Teaching at Portland State University and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She received her BS in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University in 2012 where she researched environmental transport and stabilization of uranium on the Navajo Reservation, and completed internships with the Nez Perce Tribe, Dept. of Energy (Hanford), EPA, and Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals. Ciarra worked at Wisdom of the Elders in 2015 and 2016 serving as Discovering Yidong Xinag and Wisdom Workforce Development Coordinator. She helped to establish Wisdom’s first Wisdom Workforce internship program and Wisdom Workforce Development LLC, Wisdom’s social and economic venture. Board member since 2017.