Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho
Greetings, my name is Neal L. Ferris. I am an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, which is located within the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation in west central Wyoming along the Wind River Range. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Southwest Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
My journey with the National Indian Youth Leadership Project began in the Fall of 2002 as an Experiential Educator with the Web of Life Program. Midway through 2004, I transitioned into the Corn Pollen Program as an Experiential Educator and later as a Coordinator. The Corn Pollen Program was a collaborative effort between NIYLP and the Gallup McKinley County School District, to work with seven high schools throughout McKinley County. Later I became the Project Director for the Web of Life program, which was an adaptation of the Project Venture in an effort to address teen pregnancy prevention in McKinley county schools. Also, I have worked previously as an Experiential Manager and Project Venture Replication trainer for NIYLP.
Throughout my career with the National Indian Youth Leadership Program, I have been fortunate enough to acquire certification with WMI/NOLS as a Wilderness First Responder. In addition, I have acquired trainings/classes from the following: Rope Course and Canyon Training from the Mountain High Program, Fort Wingate, NM; John Stokes Tracking Project in Canyon De Chelly, AZ; Risk Management training, Jackson Hole, WY; and primitive living skills from Cody Lunden, Gallup, NM. My life before NIYLP and while in college, has allowed me to work for the Fort Washakie interagency Helitack Crew as a crew member/wild land firefighter for seven seasons that ranged from 1998-2005.
I have been truly blessed.