Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Miguel Vargas today as we talk with Elaine Salinas and Joe Rice, members of Phillips Indian Educators, or PIE, and members of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors, the group that signed a historic second agreement with the Minneapolis School District that spells out how the Indian children of Minneapolis will be taught.
This Memorandum of Agreement between the Minneapolis Public School District and the American Indian Community of Minneapolis, represented by the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors and its member organizations recognizes that education failure has condemned generation of American Indian people to poverty and diminished life opportunities and that this failure must finally be put to an end.
First Person Radio
On the web: kfai.org/firstpersonradio or migizi.org
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
9 am to 10 am
Elaine Salinas is President and Chief Professional Officer of MIGIZI Communications. She 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 Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Band 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. Ms. Salinas’ was 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 and she has been President and Chief Professional Officer for MIGIZI Communications, Inc. since 2004.
Joe Rice has been executive director of Center School in Minneapolis since 2001. Before that he taught high school in South Dakota for 17 years - at Little Wound Hight School on Pine Ridge and then Central High School in Rapid City. He serves as a member of the Minneapolis Urban Indian Directors and the Metropolitan Federation of Schools and is the chairperson of the group Phillips Indian Educators. He served on the United Way Investment Panel in 2003 and also lectures on Native American education and related issues. He graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in History and earned a B.S. in Education secondary emphasis from Black Hills State University in Spearfish,South Dakota.