Michael Desrosier
Native Teaching Aids, Researcher

Mj Desrosier was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After a change of heart, he dedicated his life to peaceful endeavors, and received an honorable discharge in 2013. Utilizing his GI Bill, he entered the University of Montana studying Philosophy and Environmental studies. Realizing he needed to serve a larger purpose, Mj began working for Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG), learning grassroots organizing and environmental activism. He quickly rose through the ranks and became the treasurer. His most memorable campaigns were to help save the Smith River from extractive industries, as well as saving the Upper-Missouri River Breaks from being sold to private interests. After Graduating from U of M he became a certified hypnotherapist and certified street medic to serve and alleviate the stresses of non-violent direct action camps. Mj currently works for Riparian/Native Teaching Aids doing ecological research to make board games that are distributed to National Parks, as well as creating indigenous-centered games that help decolonize our understanding of history, stereotypes, culture, etc. Mj eventually wants to do small-scale organic agriculture on his home reservation to address food sovereignty issues.