Native Trailblazers in the 21st Century

Dates: December 6-13, 2021

Meets: Mon, Wed. and Fri. from 11:00 AM to 12 Noon

Location: Online

OLLI Member: $25.00


Enrollment requires a 2021 - 2022 OLLI at MSU Membership

This four-part online speaker series will highlight the rich diversity and inspiring talent flourishing in Indigenous cultures in Montana today. You will hear from young Indigenous leaders in their 20s and 30s from a variety of backgrounds. The stories of these leaders and their trailblazing efforts in business, health, law, arts, entertainment and other sectors serve as inspiration for all.

The Indigenous Leaders program is offered in collaboration with the Office of Public Instruction and Montana Indian Education for All program.

Apply for a needs-based scholarship to take this offering.

Fee:   $25.00


This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Stephen Morsette

Stephen Morsete is an Indian Education Specialist at the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Stephen has been in his current role for the past four years offering professional development across the state, working with IEFA grants, writing and editing curriculum, and was lead in creating the Making Montana Proud poster series. Prior to OPI, Stephen taught at Box Elder Public Schools for nine years. There he served as an elementary reading/math specialist for five years, before teaching sixth grade his remaining time there.

Mike Jetty

Mike Jetty is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant. Mike is an Indian Education Specialist with the Montana Office of Public Instruction. He has been working with Indian education issues for the past 28 years and has teaching experience at both the K-12 and university level. He has a bachelor's in history education, a master's in school administration and an education specialist degree. In 2008, Mike was honored to be chosen as the Indian Educator of the Year by the Montana Indian Education Association. Since 2004, he has provided over 200 Indian education workshops for over 4,000 educators. In addition, he has made connections with Indian educators from across the U.S. and has been invited to give keynotes in several states including, CA, ID, MI, ND, NM, NV, OK, SD and WY.

Jennifer Show

Monday, Dec. 6
Jennifer grew-up on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and graduated from Harlem High School. She attended Montana State University on a Presidential Scholarship where she received dual bachelor's degrees in nursing and psychology. Jennifer served in the Navy Nurse Corps for eight years and received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from MSU after being honorably discharged. She currently works as a family nurse practitioner for the Fort Belknap Indian Community.

Jordann Lankford-Forster

Wednesday, Dec. 8
Jordann Lankford-Forster (Bright Trail Woman), A'aniih (Gros Ventre), Anishinaabe (Chippewa) Jordann was born and raised in Great Falls and attended the University of Montana. She has been teaching for over 10 years and owns the educational consulting business, Bright Trail Education. Jordann has presented at the national level on her work with Indian Education for All. She currently runs a drop-out prevention program in Great Falls for American Indian high school students.

Cinnamon Kills First

Friday, Dec. 10
Cinnamon (Spear) Kills First is a word warrior with a Rez education from home and two Ivy League degrees. She is a cross-cultural communicator who helps bridge the gap between Indian Country and the rest of the world. Cinnamon is committed to facing hard truths in order to bring about change. She received both her bachelor's and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and her Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She now owns and operates Northside Advocacy, LLC to support her work as an artist, writer, filmmaker, speaker, educator and advocate.

Mariah Gladstone

Monday, Dec. 13
Mariah Gladstone grew up in Northwest Montana. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in environmental engineering and returned home where she developed Indigikitchen. Mariah has been recognized as a "Champion for Change" through the Center for Native American Youth, a "Culture of Health Leader" through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellow. She serves on the board of the FAST (Food Access and Sustainability Team) Blackfeet. Mariah is a Sloan Scholar currently completing her master's degree at SUNY - ESF through the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Date Day Time Location
12/06/2021Monday11 AM to 12 N Online
12/08/2021Wednesday11 AM to 12 N Online
12/10/2021Friday11 AM to 12 N Online
12/13/2021Monday11 AM to 12 N Online


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