Extension Educator — Tribal
University of Idaho Extension, Schitsu’umsh Reservation
402 Annie Antelope Ave. Suite 8
Plummer, ID 83851
Shaina's role is to continue providing leadership through development, partnership, education and collaboration that support our youth on the Schitsu’umsh Reservation through 4-H enrichment and Schitsu’umsh tribal culture.
M.S., University of Idaho, 2022
B.S., University of Idaho, 2007
- Positive youth development
- Native community development
- Agriculture and natural resources
- Davison, Stephanie; Farella, Joshua; Moore, Joshua; Nomee, Shaina; Isbell, Sue; Dorado-Roble, Norma (2022) 12 American Indian: Alaskan Native (First Nations) Youth Fact Sheet https://access-equity-belonging.extension.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/American-Indian_Alaskan-Native-First-Nations-Youth.pdf
Shaina Nomee is drawn to work for tribes and protect tribal sovereignty through positive youth development, native community development and natural resources. She joined the University of Idaho Extension, Coeur d’Alene Reservation team in 2019. In this role, she serves as the Extension educator and principle investigator for the FRTEP program. Her job responsibilities include developing and coordinating youth programs utilizing culturally relevant, research-based curriculum, grants management, community engagement and program development.
She is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and has been a Coeur d’Alene Reservation community member since 2003. She has seven years of cumulative experience in the field of project development and management and two years cumulative experience in positive youth development. Shaina Nomee graduated with her master's in adult organizational learning and leadership in spring of 2022, received her bachelors in organizational sciences with specialization in communities and organizations and a minor in sociology in 2017, and would like to pursue her doctorate.
Shaina is a mother to three children at home and four adult bonus children with seven grandchildren. When she isn’t working, being a mom or Cotsa (grandmother), she enjoys playing basketball, Zumba and fishing on the Columbia River. She finds peace in the mountain’s huckleberry picking, hiking and hunting. She loves the visual arts, music, and dance and regularly attends art shows and concerts. She is a foodie and will try anything once, and finds that food Is the best way to connect to people hence why she loves to bake. She is an early riser and loves mornings that are spent in solitude before the world wakes up. Shaina is most passionate about making the world a better place whether it's through her career as an educator or cookies, sometimes both.
Since 2019, she has continued building upon the strong partnerships of Extension in the community with stakeholders and continues the legacy of teaching and experiential learning that takes place with youth. She continues teaching with previous recurring programs, such as, Water Potato Week and Water Awareness Week hosted by the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe, One Sky One Earth Food Coalition and Farmer’s Market Facilitation, Rockin’ the Rez Summer Camp and after-school programs.
During her tenure in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Department of Education, Lakeside Jr/Sr High School, Coeur d’Alene Tribal School, and the Cultural Preservation Office’s Rites of Passage Program Smi’yemi’lsh (Young Women’s Society) and Shi’wshi’wtm he hndesn (Young Women’s Camp) was established for young women ages 12-18 living on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation. This was after seeing a need for activities and events that focus on female empowerment on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation. To address the increasing interest in food sovereignty several, Train the Trainer classes were held for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Marimn Community Health staff.
Shaina continues to volunteer at Lakeside Jr/Sr High School and Lakeside Elementary and serves on the leadership teams for Lakeside Middle School and Elementary; responsibilities are to manage the SWIP (School Wide Improvement) which includes but not limited to managing funds, directing those funds into school wide and/or district wide initiative’s, curriculum and professional development. She currently serves on the Idaho Extension Professional Development Network; responsibilities are to provide professional development trainings to Extension faculty once a quarter and 4-H AEBC Committee-Access, Equity and Belonging Committee; champion group: Native American Youth; seeks to support the 4-H System to reach its National 4-H Grows, A Promise to America’s Kids Vision.
Current grant programming efforts include Juntos “together” with Lakeside Jr/Sr High School eighth graders, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Ignite Your Spark program, FRTEP and USDA AFRI.