Career Pathways Planning Curriculum

Lesson Plans: Part Two

Elder Review: Marc Anderson, Oklahoma Seminole


These highlights will support the participant in thinking about and working with important aspects of transforming difficulties and life experiences into a successful career pathway. The key areas include:

  1. History – where we come from;
  2. Mentors & Opportunities – who and what supports us;
  3. Education, Career, Jobs, and Vocational Skills – what moves us forward.

These highlights are to be utilized to assist the participant in answering and discussing the questions identified with each of the five lessons provided in this curriculum.

Marc Anderson

History (where we come from)
  • Mother was a Seminole and father was European
  • Moved away from Oklahoma when he was a baby and grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Seminoles came to Oklahoma Territory on the Trail of Tears… many people died and got sick… and then, once in Oklahoma, discovered oil; although making the people wealthy created a lot of problems with abuse, and alcoholism, and legal battles associated with money
Mentors & Opportunities  (who and what supports us)
  • “If you have a little vision of what you would like to do and you find a mentor… somebody that can help you through. Find a good friend when things get down… Things will feel like it is impossible to get through. Find one good friend. You will be there and you will want to quit. I had another older student who supported me. Keep your eyes on the prize. Take advantage of others that have been there. Talk with people. Now there is more support.”
  •  “Jack Chadwick from Lane Community College Native program helped out.”
  • After military boarding school, hitchhiked around the country and did odd jobs. “I decided I wanted to do engineering because of the environment. The light went on; I want to learn more about the natural world and make things better”
  • BIA grants offered financial support
  • Henry Rodriguez was an Elder and great mentor for me. He was instrumental for tribal water rights in San Diego County. He was such a wise knowledgeable and gentle soul. He could talk to animals and listen to birds. He was an encyclopedia of herbal remedy. He was unassuming; not judgmental; no hostility; no arrogance…”
  • Lots of legal issues and law suits about GMO foods; important to preserve heirloom vegetables and fruits.
Education, Career, Jobs, and Vocational Skills (what moves us forward)
  • Attended  elementary school in Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Sent to private school in 7th and 8th grade;  mother saw an application for a private prep school which consisted of uniforms, chapel, all boys, mentoring
  • Sent to an Ivy League boarding school… Exeter Academy… high profile in learning and competitive; lots of money and privilege. “I didn’t fit in.”
  • Attended high school in Pittsburgh… dropped out… was sent to a military boarding school
  • “Math was fun for me.”
  • Went to engineering school as an older student; to Oregon State and University of Michigan… in 1980
  • Because of interest in tribal roots, became focused on helping Indian people with sustainable agriculture, water rights, healthy eating, water quality… help the people