E. Warne, M.S.
Jim is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribe. His mother,
was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle,
South Dakota. Like his father, he grew up in Tempe, Arizona.
Jim also has one brother, a M.D., who works with NIH.
“My experience growing up an a urban Indian was unique
because I always grew up around “Indian Country”.
I was fortunate to learn from both Tribal culture and mainstream
American society. My family members worked with various tribal
nations around Southern Arizona. I always go home to Pine
Ridge to visit family, friends, and hunt. I utilize the Medicine
Wheel philosophy everyday and have benefited from my interaction
in both cultures”.
1993, Jim has been a Human Resource Development Specialist
for the Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program (RCEP)
Region IX at San Diego State University (SDSU). He specializes
with Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs that are located
on Tribal lands throughout the county. He has visited and
worked with over 100 different Tribal nations located on various
reservations, trust lands, Alaska Villages, rancherias, and
Currently, Jim is coordinating the Post Employment Training-American
Indian Rehabilitation (PET-AIR) Project and working as a trainer
for RCEP IX at SDSU. He has worked with various Tribal programs
over the past few years. He is the former Co-Director of the
Sycuan Inter-Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program. He
also has been sub-contracted as a coordinator and trainer
with the Dine` and Oyate` Projects with Western Washington
University’s Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation.
Jim has also worked with the Navajo Nation coordinating a
Disability Needs Assessment Project through a contract with
the Navajo Nation and he also was the coordinator for the
Circle of Support Project at the American Indian Rehabilitation
Research and Training Center/Northern Arizona University.
He was also a contracted consultant trainer for the American
Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC) administered
through the University of Montana. He was a former Vice-president
for the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation
has been involved as a motivational speaker in “Indian
Country” for his accomplishments in professional football
and Hollywood TV and movie acting with coinciding academic
and professional accomplishment.
“ I am very proud of my Lakota heritage and enjoy comparing
and contrasting cultural world view form Tribal and American
mainstream perspectives. My travels throughout the world have
also allowed me to gain international perspectives about American
culture and American Indian culture. It is good to learn from
various world view! ”
“Be well and live in balance within your circle, Metakuye`
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