Episode 7

Jesse DesRosier - Interview


Jesse DesRosier Assinaipooyii (Cree Speaker) born in the month of the big snow. I was given my Blackfoot name when I was 3 days old by my great great grandmother Mary Ground who was over 107. Since I was a child I’ve had a deep interest in my Niipatapiisinaan kii Nitsiipuhwahsin “Blackfoot ways of life and Language”. I graduated from the 8th grade at the Piegan Institute in 2003. Later I graduated Browning High School in 2007. Afterward I served four years fighting dragons for Uncle Sam (in the United States Marine Corps) 2007-2011. When I returned home I wondered and worked until I eventually started school in 2013 at the University of Montana Missoula, I graduated with a bachelors degree in May 2013. After returning home I started working back at the immersion school Piegan Institute where I teach the language currently, as well as Blackfeet Community College and online at Yale University. I have been very active in advocating for language, veteran health and Badger Two Medicine traveling to Washington DC twice speaking and advocating. I was also a keynote speaker at the 60th annual Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque New Mexico. I am a proud husband to Tillie Torpey who I captured from Idaho, and father of four amazing and wild rug rats. Among other things I am also an artist and amateur cage fighter. For more questions contact me at jessedesrosier@gmail.com

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