Elaine Salinas and Graham Hartley on FIRST PERSON RADIO

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO for our last full program (next week will be a look back at the years). Our guests are Elaine Salinas (ojibwe) and Graham Hartley from MIGIZI Communications, the home of FIRST PERSON RADIO.We will look back at our beginnings, where MIGIZI has gone in the last decade, and what the current projects are accomplishing.
Elaine Salinas is an educator with over thirty-five years of experience in k-12 and adult education in public and alternative school settings. She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and was born and educated in Minnesota. She holds undergraduate degrees from Moorhead State University and a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She has authored many reports and made conference presentations related to the education of Indian children and other underrepresented groups. She has developed and evaluated k-12 and adult education programs, conducted policy analysis and legislative advocacy in Minnesota for substantive education policy reforms including charter schools, American Indian Language and Culture programs, alternative teacher licensure programs, and educational programming for “at risk” students. Ms. Salinas’ previous employment includes Director of Programs at Heart of the Earth Survival School, Education Program Officer for the Urban Coalition, Director of Community Education for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and Upper Midwest Regional Steward for the Rural School and Community Trust. Ms. Salinas has been employed as President and Chief Professional Officer for MIGIZI Communications, Inc. since 2004. 
Graham Hartley, MIGIZI’s Director of Programs, left the science classroom at Heart of the Earth Survival School in 1995 and joined the MIGIZI staff. Over the years, Graham has worked with Twin Cities American Indian students as they prepare to graduate from alternative, public, and charter schools. He brings a combination of teaching ability, project administration skills, diplomacy, technology knowledge and a sense of humor to his work in partnership with young people and our partner agencies.


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