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Marjorie James

Marjorie James (Tulalip, Swinomish, Samish), a K-12 Tribal Curriculum & Education Engagement Collaborator with Tulalip Tribes, as a potential C3 Board Member. Since obtaining a BA in American Indian Studies in 2006 from University of Washington, Marjorie had dedicated her education, work, and labor towards reclaiming inherent tribal sovereignty and forwarding social justice. She comes from a long and broad tradition of Native/Indigenous educators in her family and communities and, somewhat inevitably, shifted from the American legal industry to work in Tribal and Native education in 2016. Marjorie prioritizes Native pedagogies, expansive collaboration, systems understanding, continued learning, and flexibility to coordination the creation and implementation of Tulalip Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum in local schools. Such efforts benefit all and everything within Tulalip Tribe’s ancestral territories while correspondingly helping Tulalip’s partner districts meet state Tribal History and Culture curriculum requirements. Additionally, Marjorie has continued dedicating herself to community by serving as a trustee for the Tulalip Foundation, a small non-profit dedicate to empowering the wellbeing of Tulalip Reservation and surrounding community, and serving as a board member on the UW Native American Advisory Board which was established to advise the campus on strengthening UW relationships with tribal communities both on and beyond campus. As if all this incredible work wasn’t enough, Marjorie also acts as a Co-Principle Investigator on the Indigenous STEAM Collaborative, a partnership of scholars dedicated to developing science learning materials for Indigenous Youth and Families in collaboration with families, community members, and educators.

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