About the Show
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Turtle grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation participating in the ways of knowing his ancestors had passed down to the people, and although Niitsitapi (Blackfeet) and Amskapi Pikuni in his heart, he has relatives from all over the place. He has Seminole and Creek heritage on his father’s side of the family, where they have a long tradition as warriors. On his mother’s side of the family, he has a profound level of diversity to learn from. She has Niitsitapi (Blackfeet) ancestors, but also Skelixw (Bitterroot Salish), Ni Mii Puu (Nez Perce), Dakota (Sioux), Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and Scottish Highlander ancestors too. This diverse lineage is a part of why Turtle believes so deeply that we’re all Indigenous and that there’s value in different ways of knowing. We just need to remember where we come from… As far as scientific credentials go, he has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Salish Kootenai College, where he specialized in Ecology and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. He also has an Associate of Science in Forestry, tending to focus on the role of disturbance ecology. Additionally, he has a Geospatial Science certification, and a Master Level Tutor certification. But in Turtle’s mind, it’s not important to go to college to get degrees or certifications or the right job… What’s important is to learn how to learn.
Annie was born and raised on the Flathead Nation in Northwestern Montana, listening to stories and knowledge from the large family that surrounds her. She is Bitterroot Salish on both her mother’s and her father’s side of the family. Growing up on the Flathead Nation she was surrounded by her culture and her community. But, it wasn’t until her early 20’s that she knew something was missing from her life and realized it was her own culture connection that was missing. This realization turned her life around to a direction she knew she needed to follow. From a young age, she was taught that education is the one thing that people can’t take away from you, it’s a statement she hasn’t forgotten. During her early college years, she bounced around from Salish Kootenai College studying General Science to Univerisity of Hawaii at Manoa studying Marine Biology. Finally, she received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Haskell Nations Indian Nations University, where she focused on Conservation Biology. Currently, she’s getting her Master of Science in Environmental Forest and Biology specializing in Biocultural Restoration. While education is important it’s also important to learn from the people who came before you.