Jennifer Porter (Kootenai/Navajo) is currently the Vice-Chairwoman of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. She has been on the tribal council for the past 17 years, having been given the opportunity from her family. She is a third generation leader and has followed the path of Tribal Chairperson as her mother and as her grandfather before her. Jennifer's background education is in the business field but she dedicates her time to the education of the tribal youth. "I have always believed," says Vice-Chairwoman Porter, "that every person is born with a purpose. We just don't walk into a life or experience, we were meant to be that person. That is why so many of us have become the leaders of our Nations." She has made it her mission to ensure that the next generation of tribal citizens is fully equipped with the educational and cultural resources they need to thrive, which, among other initiatives, includes a computer program designed to teach students words from the Ktunaxa language. She is currently on the Idaho Indian Education Board as well as the Idaho Tribal Juvenile Justice Board.