Valerie is a native of Montana, and calls Poplar, located on the Fort Peck Reservation, in northeast Montana, her home. She is Dakota Sioux, and is a direct descendant of the last chief of Fort Peck, Chief Santee Iron Ring. Valerie enjoys family, friends, and especially her nieces, and nephews.
Valerie’s background includes over twenty years of evangelistic work amongst native tribes across America and Canada, an AA in Business, American Indian College, Phoenix, a BA in Elementary Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. Valerie is also a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God.
Valerie has been involved in public education for 14 years, and has taught at elementary level, in both Arizona and Montana. She helped establish the First Nations Ministry at Phoenix First Assembly, which networked with other native-based ministries in the Phoenix Valley to provide spiritual help and guidance through a plethora of outreaches. Valerie has served as an interim pastor, and is a speaker, and teacher at women’s conferences, and is currently a committee member for the Native Women’s Conference. A conference held here on the campus of AIC every May. Valerie is delighted to be a part of the AIC faculty.