Robin Butterfield


Robin Butterfield

Robin Butterfield is senior liaison for minority community outreach at the National Education Association, and is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska with ancestry also from the White Earth Ojibwa Tribe of Minnesota. Butterfield has over 30 years of experience as an educator.

Before working at NEA, she was the professional development specialist at the Center for School Improvement within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She recently managed the contracts with 13 Tribally Controlled Community Colleges and state universities, providing staff development to BIA funded schools. Butterfield has worked at the classroom level in tribal and public schools in Wisconsin; coordinated the Salem-Keizer Indian Education Program at the district level; served in the position of Indian Education/Civil Rights specialist for the state of Oregon for nine years; and worked at two different regional educational technical assistance centers -- Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in the Research and Development for Indian Education Program, and the Gonzaga University Indian Education Center. She has served in many leadership capacities at the state and national level, and has been elected president while serving three, three-year terms on the National Indian Education Association Board of Directors.

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Vision Maker Media Board Member
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As a relatively new member of the Vision Maker Media board of directors, I have been on a steep learning curve. I am so honored to have the opportunity to explore the whole arena of public television and film development for Native people, especially being an educator where we are always looking for authentic, relevant, culturally based materials to further educate ourselves and others. I am a Hochunk/Anishanabe with over 40 years of experience as an educator, focusing mostly on Native and multicultural education.