November 2023 Microlearning

Honoring Native American Heritage Month: Ribbon Skirts and Cultural Stories

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST 
(11:00 am Pacific, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern)


Join us for a special webinar in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, where we will immerse ourselves in the rich traditions, artistry, and storytelling of indigenous peoples. This event will feature two remarkable presenters from different tribes, sharing their unique insights and knowledge. Discover the vibrant world of ribbon skirts with Paula Cooper a skilled artist and member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe. She will guide you through the cultural significance, history, and artistry of ribbon skirts, a cherished garment among many Native American communities. Terrance LaFromboise a cultural preservationist and suicide prevention specialist from the Blackfeet Tribe, will take you on a captivating journey through Native American culture and tradition. This webinar is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity, resilience, and creativity of Native American cultures. Gain insights into their traditions, art, and stories, and leave with a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of indigenous heritage.

Session Materials

Jayla Wells Presentation

Podcast with TJ

Digital Stories



We apologize, the recording starts a little late but a majority of the session was recorded.


Paula “Mashkosiikwe” Cooper 

Paula “Mashkosiikwe” Cooper is a lifelong learner dedicated to strengthening her communities through the power of art and culture. An enrolled member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Mashkosiikwe is a storyteller who uses textiles and design to share the stories of ancestors to unite people with their inner steward. As a mother and an artist, she is devoted to making the world a more colorful place for the next generations to come. She holds an associate degree in Native American Studies and certificates in Ojibwe Language and Native American Art from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University and is currently a student of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Mashkosiikwe is working to become an art therapist to serve her local community school district and is delighted to teach and share the wisdom and teachings she has received from her elders and teachers.

Terrance LaFromboise, MSW-ITR

Terrance LaFromboise, MSW-ITR, An active member of the Silent Warrior Coalition and the Pikuni Youth Council, he is currently a Montana Crisis Counselor with Mental Health America Montana. Having graduated with an associate degree in addiction studies from Blackfeet Community College, LaFromboise went on to graduate with honors from the University of Montana, earning a bachelor’s degree in social work. He is a graduate student at the University of Toronto with a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on Indigenous trauma and resiliency.

Jen McFaggan

Jen McFaggan is a Child Support Specialist for Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Child Support Services in northern Wisconsin and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the NTCSA. She is the backup for the financial specialist, assists with training of new staff and with questions and concerns for current staff, and any other areas that are in need of service. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.

Jayla Wells

Jayla Wells is the Iiksook’ksooksik Project Manager for the Blackfeet Tribes, Manpower Program One-Stop Center, and Blackfeet Child Support Enforcement Program on the Blackfeet Reservation located in the northwest corner of Montana bordering the Canadian Border and Glacier National Park. The Iiksook’ksooksik project has been created through funding from The Charting a Course for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting Grant—a demonstration grant from The Federal Office of Child Support. Jayla oversees the project as a whole and maintains the project schedule, assuring the project is making progress. She has a bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Community Health and Preventative Sciences.