Avery Old Coyote
Avery Old Coyote is an enrolled member of the Crow Nation and is of Salish and Nez Perce descent. He grew up on the Flathead Reservation and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. Avery attended Montana State University to study ecology, but transferred to the University of Montana to study Resource Conservation with minors in Climate Change Studies and Native American Studies. He plans to graduate in December 2015. He is looking at applying to graduate school. Growing up outside, camping, and his culture’s strong ties to the environment inspired him to pursue his degree in the field of natural resources. He intends to use his knowledge and experiences to give back to all the places that helped to shape him and preserve those places for future generations.
Avery has spent his summer working for the U.S. Forest Service as the Nez Perce Interpreter at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center. The goal of his position is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the Historic Nez Perce National Historic Trail that passes through the area. Avery has been working to develop and present formal and informal interpretative programs for visitors.
Read more about the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, which traces the 1877 journey of the Nez Perce after they were forced from their homelands near Wallowa, Oregon, to the Bear's Paw Mountains of northcentral Montana, where their journey ended.