Like the main character of my novel, I am Bahweting Anishinaabe.
Unlike Daunis, I am an enrolled member of my tribe, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
I have been shaped by a network of strong Native American women (Anishinaabe Kwewag), who may be called friend, cousin, or auntie.
My father, Henry Boulley, is a traditional firekeeper, who strikes ceremonial fires at spiritual activities in the tribal community and ensures protocols are followed, while providing cultural teachings through stories told around the fire. He is one of my greatest teachers.
My career is in Indian education – at the tribal, state, and national levels. I am proud of my work assisting Native communities in developing, implementing, and evaluating Indian education programs and services for children and adults. I have presented at national conferences about many topics including tribal political empowerment, youth suicide prevention, Indian parent advocacy, student assessment data, and the history of Indian gaming in Michigan.
I relocated to Alexandria, Virgina, but my home will always be Bahweting (the place of the rapids) in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
MIIGWETCH! (THANK YOU)