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Cree Whelshula (Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians)

Cree Whelshula (Coeur d’Alene Tribe/Colville) is the Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Director for the Native Language Community Coordination (NLCC) Center. She serves as in-house expert on native language revitalization efforts, second language acquisition, and best teaching practices. Cree utilizes her diverse experience in mentor- apprentice, immersion, early childhood development, and administrative partnerships to support the needs of the NLCC cohort in various capacities.

Cree earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Salish Kootenai College, and then moved on to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies- Anthropology, Linguistics, and Economics from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA.

As Sister Sky Inc.’s in-house expert on Native Language, Cree builds relationships with grantees, community members, and others interested in Native languages. She focuses her work in language revitalization and works to identify best practices for language knowledge transfer that effects change in fluency levels in different communities. She provides T/TA through several modes such as email, phone, or in-person technical assistance and virtual or on-site training. If she doesn’t know the topic, she will find the answer and refer.

In addition to her work at Sister Sky Inc., Cree voluntarily provides language lessons on everything through grammar, conjugation, orthography, etc. through her Facebook groups to the Native language community at large.

Melodi Wynne (Spokane Tribe of Indians), PhD

Dr. Wynne is a citizen of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. She works in her Tribal community with the Spokane Tribal Network on a Community Wellness Initiative emanating from the local school system. Dr. Wynne also consults with a regional team of clinicians and practitioners to bring about a model that can integrate traditional knowledge and lifeways into behavioral and community wellness systems. Dr. Wynne’s dissertation utilized community action research to create a Tribally based definition of intellectual property and recommendations for protections of Tribal cultural resources. Her scholarly interests are culture and identity, decolonizing/indigenizing/ tribalizing systems, Tribal food sovereignty, social development, indigenous research issues and methodologies, community empowerment, culture and conflict, and facilitation for community change. Dr. Wynne’s degree is in Community and Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She also holds a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution.