Onamia, MN—Native Nations Rebuilders Program (cohort 6) - Melissa grew up on the Mille Lacs Reservation in central Minnesota. In college, she developed a passion for learning and teaching the Ojibwe language. She participated in an Ojibwe language master/apprentice program, an intensive language development partnership for intermediate language learners to study one-on-one with an Ojibwe elder. Melissa went on to help create the Band’s first and only pre-kindergarten language immersion program. She is the proud mother of two children.