Cam Shade

Siipiinai (English name Cameron Shade) is currently the Superintendent of Schools for Kainai Board of Education. Siipiinai is a proud member of the Blood Tribe #148. Siipiinai is married to Crystal (23 years), also from the Blood Tribe. Siipiinai and Crystal have one daughter Haley. Haley is currently a fourth year student pursuing a Biology Degree, Chemistry minor, at the University of Lethbridge. Haley played one year University women’s hockey in Belleville Illinois.

In 1988 – 1989 the Blood Tribe successfully negotiated with the Federal Government of Canada to administer all aspects of school operations. Essentially, Blood Tribe is in control of its education. Siipiinai was a member of the first graduating class from St Mary’s High School. Upon completion of high school, Siipiinai attended the University of Lethbridge and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, chemistry minor, and a Bachelor of Education Degree. Siipiinai completed his graduate work at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, and received a Masters Degree in school administration and curriculum. Siipiinai has been an educator for twenty years, serving first as a classroom teacher and then transitioning to school administrative roles. Siipiinai was the associate principal of Kainai High School and principal at Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School. Siipiinai is adamant about ‘Student Success’ and that this principle must permeate throughout Kainai Board of Education schools and classrooms. Siipiinai’s philosophy is that “we must prepare our students to walk successfully in both worlds.” This will be accomplished by embedding Blackfoot language, culture and spirituality into the curriculum while exceeding rigorous academic standards.

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