THE LODGE APPROACH EDUCATORS’ CONFERENCE
Let’s Ignite Student Success
Arik Cohen has over 25 years of experience in Product Management at Microsoft and Meta across a set of applications, games and platforms that are used daily by hundreds of millions of users around the world. In 2014, Arik started digging into his family’s history and that led to his involvment as a Legacy Speaker and Board Member for the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle, Washington. Arik has shared the story of the incredible odds that his grandparents faced in surviving the Holocaust,the impacts it had on them and the generations that followed to over 10,000 students and community members across the United States and beyond. As a board member, Arik has championed the furthering of Holocaust and genocide education in Washington state. Arik holds a B.Sc. in Math and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Burt Medicine Bull, Setovaatse, is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and the Montana native is one of the world’s leading experts in the Northern Cheyenne language. Burt’s Cheyenne name is Setovaatse which means Appears. Setovaatse is an instructor of Cheyenne language at Chief Dull Knife College. Keeping his tribe’s traditional language alive is more than just his profession, but a personal passion. Burt also teaches traditional Cheyenne beading and is himself an accomplished beading artist. Burt has spent nearly ten years building youth programming to showcase cultural exchanges. Burt is a role model for Cheyenne youth showing how traditional Cheyenne practice and formal education can work together to provide economic opportunity. Burt holds a B.S. from Montana State University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Oglala Lakota College.
Father David Bailey is a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Tyler. He has over thirty years of experience working as an advocate for Native issues across Indian Country. He studied Sociology and Native American Studies in Oklahoma, Cheyenne Language studies at Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana, and earned a Masters of Divinity at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He speaks extensively about Human Trafficking. Within the Catholic Church, he is a staunch advocate for Native issues—including Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), respect for Native spirituality, as well as the role of the Catholic Church during the residential/ boarding school period. Fr. Bailey is a member of the Native American Advisory Board to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He is also co-host of The Church and Indian Country Podcast on YouTube. Currently, Fr. Bailey is the parish priest for Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindale, Texas.
I do my heart work in caring for the people with hopes that we can all have healthy living to show our children.
I am in Recovery from addictions I am an Ultra-Marathoner.
I am a healthy food activist. I am a prayer warrior. I am a Father.
I like to help in any areas that has to do with healthy living in all areas: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Mental.
I only live with guidance by my own experiences and I like to share that with others with hopes that I can help another person.
John Bennett has over 40 years of experience as a teacher. After retiring from the Akron Public Schools, where he was the 2012 APS Teacher of the Year, he joined The Lippman School as an embedded technology specialist. While at The Lippman School, John has been heavily involved in bringing student, faculty and community groups to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. John is passionate about using technology to bring cross cultural learning into experiential education that targets a technologically savvy student base. John has presented at numerous local, state and national technology conferences. He was part of the working group of the National Education Technology Plan 2010 and is the creator of the problem based learning unit for walkportagepath.org. John has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Administration from The University of Akron.
Linwood Tall Bull is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe who has spent over 30 years working with the tribal health programs and the elderly programs as the director of the Shoulder Blade Independent Living Center. Linwood has been a teacher of medical programs in hospitals, teaching doctors how to diagnose native patients using Indian sign language. Linwood is an active member of an ancient warrior Society; their role is to preserve our culture and traditional beliefs. Linwood’s Cheyenne name is Ho’neh’eso, which means Young Wolf. He now teaches Ethnobotany and other cultural courses at Chief Dull Knife College.
Marilynn Savage Moritz resides in Seattle, Wa and has worked as a therapist for 49 years in Dallas,Tx and Seattle communities. Marilynn, for the past 20 years, has also worked for the Seattle School District as a Mental Health Therapist and recently in the Coordinated School Behavioral Health Services.
Mike Jetty is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant. Mike is currently working at the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist. He has been working with Indian Education issues for the past 32 years and has teaching experience at both the K-12 and University level.
Randall James Tall Bull, H’aest’ohena’hane (Many Kills) is a skilled craftsman of traditional tools, weaponry, and ancient skills. Randall has shared the teaching of the ethnobotany summer course at Chief Dull knife College. Randall will carry on the teachings of his father Linwood Tall Bull and grandfather William Tall Bull. Randall has collected artifacts for the Buffalo trunk, which is a hands-on teaching tool that will be used by schools to bring awareness of the importance of the Buffalo and the Indian people.
Rosalia Badhorse, Me’eoo’e eheheševehe. Etsehestahe. Mo’ȯhtavȯheomeneno ehestahe, is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe from Lame Deer, MT. Her Cheyenne name is Me’eoo’e, which means Stands in Sight Woman. Me’eoo’e was raised around Cheyenne-speaking grandparents and great grandparents who explicitly did not teach her their heritage language. They often encouraged her to be proficient in English and pursue higher education. The sociocultural and political influences of this upbringing were often met with the push and pull of linguistic curiosity for one’s identity. Me’eoo’e has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Human Services from La Salle University. She has experience working with students through St. Labre Indian Catholic School’s Scholarship Program. She also has grant experience through the Powwow Project where she taught Native youth how to make powwow outfits as a form of cultural preservation. In 2018, Me’eoo’e lost her grandfather to cancer. Upon losing this Cheyenne speaker in her home, her grief catapulted her into a new chapter of reconnecting with the Cheyenne language and identity. In May of 2023, Me’eoo’e earned an M.A. in Native American Languages and Linguistics from the University of Arizona.
Sam Chestnut has over 30 years of experience as an educational leader with expertise in cross cultural and experiential learning. His ground-breaking work with The Northern Cheyenne Nation has received significant national attention and has presented at national and international conferences. For over ten years he has developed programs for schools, adults and families to learn with The Northern Cheyenne Nation. In addition, Sam has developed partnerships with schools in China and facilitated learning experiences for students in China and Israel. Sam holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and a M.A. in Education from The University of Akron.
Zach Hawkins has been Director of Indian Education for All at the Montana Office of Public Instruction since December, 2018. Prior to joining the OPI, he worked with American Indian students and school communities as a classroom teacher and Federal college access program administrator for 18 years.