Brandon Culbertson is from the Northern Arapaho Nation (Wyoming) and Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes (Montana). He is the Native Education Development and Coordination teacher of special assignment (TOSA) for the Beaverton School District.
Currently, he serves as a Sergeant in the Oregon Army National Guard, Vice Chair of the Oregon Department of Education’s American Indian/Alaska Native Education Advisory Committee, and a Five Oaks Museum Executive Board Member, and he is a recent appointee to the Governor’s Racial Justice Council. In these spaces and in conjunction with community, Brandon advocates for, elevates and amplifies Native/Indigenous/POC/marginalized and underserved community needs and concerns in a way that translates to policy change and positive outcomes for quality of life. While an undergraduate, Brandon worked through housing instability, which in turn, opened his eyes to issues that, until seen up close, go unseen by many. He got by with a little help from his friends.
Brandon currently holds an Associates of Arts in Arapaho Studies from the Wind River Tribal College and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Oregon, and he is currently near completion of a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning from Colorado State University.