Aug 17, 2023
Melanie Johnson, Sac and Fox Nation, M.Ed.,
CPS, is the Director of the Whole Child Initiative for the National
Indian Education Association. Melanie has worked with tribal
communities and organizations for over 20 years.
Melanie is a Certified Prevention Specialist and has worked in
the field of substance use and misuse prevention in native
communities, focusing primarily on native youth for over 10 years.
Melanie also serves as a consultant for the Opioid Response Network
Indigenous Communities Workgroup since 2019.
Melanie also serves on the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of
America’s Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council, is a member of the
National American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention TTC, and sits
on the Advisory Board for the Compassionate School Leadership
Academy for the Center for Educational Improvement.
The conversation centers on Melanie Johnson's efforts at the
National Indian Education Association to address Native students'
educational needs. Through listening sessions, they gather
insights, highlighting hope and the call for collective action to
support families and draw on ancestral knowledge for healing.
Topics include educational sovereignty, preserving cultures,
involving others, vocational training, systemic barriers, and unity
for future generations.
• the purpose and results of the listening sessions
• the imperative for educational sovereignty
• the importance of allies to support policy-making at
the local and state levels
• the value of pathways to post-high school vocational
training and higher education
• the need for greater historical awareness of the
population at large
Melanie Johnson, M.Ed. Sac and Fox Nation of
Director, Whole Child Initiative
National Indian Education Association
1514 P Street, NW, Suite B
Washington, DC 20005