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Helen Goodteacher, B.S.

Project Coordinator
Nez Perce/Sioux Tribes

Administration for Native Americans, Native Language Community Coordination (NLCC) Training and Technical Assistance Center

Helen Goodteacher (Nez Perce) is the Project Coordinator for the NLCC T/TA Center. She provides project support in organization and tracking deliverables, planning, logistical support, and communication outreach for NLCC cooperative agreement recipients.

Language Story

Helen Goodteacher began her language story in 1983. Her mother and brother moved home from the Seattle, Washington area to be with relatives. Her mother, an advocate for youth education, hosted a summer school program for Native youth near the Nez Perce Reservation. Her mother had utilized the Swahili Numbers Song (hymn) to create the number 1-10 in Nez Perce language, the NiMiiPuu Timpt‘ ke’ while in Seattle working with the Native urban youth.

The staff worked with the youth to learn their language beginning with the numbers as well as other cultural activities. At the end of the program, all the youth, ranging from 5-12 years old sang the song at the Recognition assembly for the program and parents.

To this day, the Nez Perce uses this song in their language programs. Helen’s mother recently retired and one of her former students mentioned the numbers song and its impact with the students. Many generations have sung the song, including Helen’s daughter; full circle.

Education

Helen received her Communications Bachelor of Science with a minor in Video Production from Lewis-Clark State College in 2004. She has acquired many certifications within the creative, and technical writing areas, grant writing and management, facilitation, and Desktop publishing

Sister Sky, Inc.

Helen is the Project Coordinator at Sister Sky, Inc. She provides project support and organization as well as writing for many grantees on the contracts assigned. She assists in webinars, newsletters, and meeting logistics.

Other Professional Experience

Helen is the Vice-President of the One Heart Native Art & Film Festival, a nonprofit organization with the goal to showcase art and film in the region. She volunteers with other art and film projects in her area. She is an artist who implements her creativity into her work.

Helen has worked in the contracting industry with the emphasis on Alaska Native/American Indian and/or other underserved populations. Her experience working with tribes ranges from environmental sustainability, and environmental justice, healthcare, youth prevention and education, vocational rehabilitation, domestic violence support and prevention, Native American Boarding school survivors in the areas of marketing, policy development, and outreach.

Areas of Expertise

  • Communication and Outreach
  • Grant proposal writing and management
  • Project management and organization
  • Administrative management, meeting, and logistical planning and facilitation
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Strategic Planning.