Shalene is from the Gros-Ventre or A’aniiih people of Fort Belknap, Montana and Athabascan people of Tanana, Alaska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Native American and Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and with her Master’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA she served as a Teaching Assistant where she prepared class syllabi and curriculum as well as taught American Indian Studies courses. She also served as the vice-president of the American Indian Graduate Center where she led several projects and initiatives. Shalene received the American Indian Studies Community Service Award from UCLA for her outstanding work and service to the students and community. She has been mentored and molded into a leader since she was a young girl through the Native Wellness Institute (NWI) and continues to work for NWI as a Project Coordinator, as well as a trainer and recently a part of the newly launched movement, the Indigenous 20 Something Project (I20SP). She has worked on projects for Urban Native Era and the Phenomenally Indigenous campaign. She is well traveled and has had the opportunity to experience and learn from many tribal and urban communities she has had the opportunity to visit and work with. Shalene strives to see Indigenous people rise and become the healthy community members they were meant to be. And through positive thought and action, she keeps herself on a path of healing and wellness.
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