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Chief Bird, Chairman of the KEPA Summit


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Mike Bruised Head – Ninna Piiksii 

  • Graduated from St Mary's High school on the Blood Reserve in 1976. 
  • Received Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from University of Lethbridge in 1980.  
  • Served on Blood Tribe Chief and Council 1981 to 1983. Employed at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated college in 1984-85 as College Administrator. Executive Director of Sikoohkotoki Friendship Center from 1986 to 1994. 
  • Convocated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from University of Lethbridge. Employed by Kainai of Board of Education as a high school teacher, vice principal and principle from 1996 to 2011. Obtained Master’s Degree (MA) from Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington (2003) in Administration and Supervision. 
  • Presentation at the World Indigenous Conference in East Wollongong, Australia, Morley, Alberta, Hawaii, Cusco, Peru and Melbourne, Australia.
  • Elected to Blood Tribe Chief and Council from 2011 to 2016. 
  • Formally created Kainai Ecosystems Protection Agency (KEPA) and served as chair for KEPA from 2012 to 2016. Chairman of KEPA Summit for the past four years, currently serving as an elder and academic advisor on KEPA committee. Organized the Partnership between KEPA, Earth Watch and Kainai High School for Blood Tribe Timber Limits Environment Assessment Program.
  • Serves on the Oldman Watershed Council.  Member of Waterton Biosphere Association. Participated on the Crown of the Continent Roundtable Leadership Committee and Crown Partners. 
  • Involved in Kainai ceremonies and cultural events. 
  • Presently serving as chairman of University of Lethbridge Indigenous Alumni Chapter. 
  • Chairman of Kainai Board of Education from 2018 to Present
  • Taught for University of Calgary, Master in Education from 2019 - 2022
  • Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy, majoring in Social, Cultural and Political Thought for the Fall of 2017 at the University of Lethbridge. Completed Comprehensive exam in February 2022.