An enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of western Montana, Jacinda Morigeau is Séliš Sqelixw or Bitterroot Salish. Raised in Arlee, Montana by two top-notch parents alongside four younger siblings and a slew of pets, she was taught to honor her elders and the value of familial and friendly relationships. After a brief two years at Carroll College in Helena, Montana she couldn't deny a taste for an adventure which led to a number of years living in New York and Italy.
Upon returning to Montana, she sought to continue her education by enrolling at the University of Montana. During her four years there, she was an executive member of the Kyiyo Native American Student Association playing an integral role in planning one of the biggest student-organized pow wow's in the nation.
She graduated from the University of Montana in May 2018 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Native American Studies. Following graduation, she began working for UM's TRIO Upward Bound program as a summer Resident Advisor before transitioning to her current position as the Academic Coordinator for Upward Bound's Missoula area high schools.
She is a bubble bath taking, whiz-in-the-kitchen, dog mom that hopes to inspire her Upward Bound students to push themselves to achieve their own wildest dreams by modeling those behaviors in her own personal, professional and academic life.