Green Festival Speakers

Patricia Whitefoot


Whitefoot is a longtime leader in tribal and formal education in the state of Washington and beyond. Whitefoot currently serves as the President of the National Indian Education Association. Whitefoot was born and raised on the original homelands of the Confederated Tribal Lands of the Yakama Nation. Whitefoot understands that deep relationships Native people have with the Environment. Whitefoot has three children andten grandchildren. Whitefoot is also the Director of the Toppenish School District Indian Education Program. Whitefoot's been actively involved in the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians for over twenty years and serves as the chairman of the ATNI Education Committee, which is represented by the 52 tribes of southern Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, and Northern California.

One of Whitefoot's greatest achievements is the creation of the Gathering of Native America, a curriculum team used widely in Indian country to address multigenerational trauma and healing. Whitefoot has a master's in education from the Fort Wright College in Spokane, Washington. Patsy has also served as the coChair of the E3 Washington Tribal Education steering committee and as the Program Supervisor for Indian Education in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Education.