Gerry RainingBird, an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe of RockyBoy, has been involved with American Indian/Alaska Native education, health, and wellness promotion for over 25 years. His educational background includes a BS in Physical Education & Health, and a M.S. in Education Administration. Gerry’s professional experience has ranged from being a High School Teacher, Coach, and Administrator, to Wellness Consultant, Workshop Trainer, Mentor, and Group Facilitator. He has extensive experience in community development and capacity building, positive youth development, cultural competency, group dynamics, native teaching and learning styles, strategic planning, traditional storytelling, and program development.
RainingBird has worked with over 200 native communities all across Indian Country and the Pacific Islands. In his most recent roles, he has served as a Sustainability Coordinator, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist, and Director of a National Tobacco Prevention Network, where he was named the Community Activist of the Year in 2003 by the American Legacy Foundation. Gerry is also a grassdancer in the powwow circle and is the proud father of two college graduates, Jeremiah “Sits in the Sky” and Lindsay “Little Whirlwind Woman”.