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Character Education Conference Speakers

Donavan Archambault

Donovan Archambault is a graduate of Harvard University.  He is also an elder and former tribal council chairman of the Fort Belknap Tribes in north central Montana.  In 1950 he attended Pierre Indian School in Pierre, SD.  He remained in the custody of the boarding school until he graduated from the 8th Grade in May 1953.  He completed his first two years of high school at Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, SD and then was sent to Standing Rock Boarding school at Fort Yates, North Dakota.  He graduated in May, 1957.  He completed his Master of Education from Harvard University in June 1979. 

 Donovanís boarding school experiences are similar to those of many Native people of his time.  However, Donovanís reflection on those years provides insight to the social impact the boarding school era created on traditional cultural practices, community cohesiveness and parenting patterns on the reservation.  He applied this insight to the development of various tribal initiatives and social programs while on the tribal council. 

Dr. Christine Fiore

Christine Fiore, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Montana. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island in 1990 under the tutelage of Drs. Joe Rossi and James Prochaska.  Her dissertation focused on the application of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change on adolescent delinquent behavior.  Since then Dr. Fioreís research interests have focused on application and translation of this health behavior model to understanding stay-leave decision-making for women in violent relationships, diabetes, and psychotherapy change.  Dr. Fiore is a trainer for Motivational Interviewing since being trained by Drs. Miller and Rollnick in 1999. Additionally, she also has interests and training in Childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders, and Attachment and Trauma treatments. She teaches Clinical Interviewing, Family Therapy, The Psychology of Family Violence and supervises graduate students in Clinical Practicum.  Dr. Fiore also maintains a small private practice.

Through training in Motivational Interviewing, adult educators will learn the necessary skills for building relationships that are essential in maintaining student persistence in adult education programs.

Pearl Yellowman-Caye

Pearl Yellowman-Caye is a member of the Navajo Nation.  Born and raised on the Navajo reservation, Pearl comes from a family of educators with a mother who taught for 25 years before creating a satellite school in the remote area of the Southwest, not to mention brothers and sisters who currently coach, teach and counsel.  Pearl is currently a doctoral student at the University of Montana in the Educational Leadership program.  She is focusing on the Contributing Factors of the Achievement Gap for Native American Students.