Some of Our Team

Mystina Spino-McCormack - Board Member, Warm Springs enrolled – Warm Springs, OR
  • Born in Bend, Oregon. Raised on both the Warm Springs and Lapwai reservations
  • Employed with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Natural Resources as a Computer and GIS technician
  • Employed to serve Tribal Youth for summer working program
  • Actively involved with youth sports as a coach, mentor, and supporter
  • Beginning lessons of Ichishkiin
  • Adopted Mother of my niece and nephew – Jessiah and Jessica
  • “I am 27 years old, and have had numerous jobs working in the Natural Resources Department."
    • Fish Habitat studying the reservation rivers and creeks; studying the local fish populations and reproduction patterns, like the Pacific Lamprey. Helping the Fish hatchery with the breeding and tagging of hatchery fish.
    • Forestry Restoration - thinning.
    • Fire Management
    • Attended Central Oregon Community College studying Natural Resources and Forestry. "I want to educate youth and other community members about these fields and how they are equally important not only to sustain our way of living but how losing any one of these will have effects on ourselves and our culture”
Bessie Walker - Founder, Director, Manager, Revitalizor of the Niimíipuu dialect - Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) enrolled - Lapwai, Idaho
Although Bessie has been practicing the Nimiipuutímtki dialect for over twenty years and teaching for 11 years on the Nez Perce reservation, she says, "I am not fluent. I am a lifetime student. I am certified to teach through the Idaho Department of Education but most importantly, I have been approved by fluent Nimiipuutímt speakers, some who are now gone."
  • Indian Language Certification from the State of Idaho – Edu ID 783813657
  • Nez Perce Language Tribal Certification – Resolution NP 14-226/ NP 19-045
  • Language – Revitalizer. Advocator. Speaker. Curriculum Developer, Teacher
  • Mother of two sons - pictured throughout website- Farley and Weliix.
  • One of the many granddaughters of Horace and Andrea Axtell.
Brenda Axtell - Board Member, Niimiipuu (Nez Perce) enrolled - Lapwai, Id
  • - Youngest daughter of Horace and Andrea Axtell
  • - Currently works at the Nimiipuu Health Clinic in Lapwai, Id.
  • - Master Seamstress, Beadworker, & Regalia seamstress
  • - Mother of two Niimiipuu enrolled daughters.
  • - Grandmother of seven grandchildren, and one passed.
  • - Gatherer of the Niimiipuu Longhouse
Jefferson Greene - Sahaptin Language Advocate, Warm Springs enrolled – Redmond, OR
  •  Born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, 
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in 3 disciplines, Management, Marketing, and Advertising
  • Coordinates Community Projects, writing grants, producing Arts and Entertainment, and is a Public Educator of the Columbia Plateau History and Customs.
  • Columbia Plateau Language Preservationist - apprentices under several 1st Language Ichishkíin Speakers from Warm Springs, Yakama, and Umatilla.
  • Newly founder of the nonprofit Columbia River Institute for Indigenous Development  (CRIID - pronounced CREED) foundation.

Jefferson Greene

Columbia River Cultural Arts & Language

Táxshpash, Níimiipuu, Táix, Páiute, ku Shiwanísh

Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Oregon

(541) 460-3004

 "In the event of culture loss, teach, for the best we can do helps, and the pursuit to become better helps even more. Open your heart, spirit, and mind to open the door for students, our future teachers".

Althea Walker-Ortiz - Board Member, Niimiipuu, and Hopi/Gila/Pima - Chandler, AZ.
  • She is a descendant of the Nez Perce, Hopi, and Gila River people and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community.
  • Althea Walker is currently the Tribal Climate Science Liaison for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium at the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.
  • Althea is a Certified Public Manager and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate.
  • She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Resource Management & Master of Science in Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University.
  • Her career has focused on environmental protection, green building, zero waste planning, community engagement, and climate change adaptation planning. Her work in these areas have ranged from analyzing the impacts of dam operation and climate change on Columbia River salmon and lamprey migration to incorporating Indigenous knowledge into geoscience curriculum and climate change adaptation planning.
  • She is a Sequoyah Fellow (lifetime member) of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) and an editorial board member of the AISES magazine, Winds of Change.

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