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Board of Education

The Blue Lake Rancheria Board of Education believes that every student deserves a supportive, community-based, cooperative, experiential-learning environment, devoted to preparing them to meet the emerging needs of our society.

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BOE Members

Jason Ramos | Member at Large

Jason Ramos is an elected member of the Blue Lake Rancheria’s tribal business council, which is the tribal government’s executive branch. In addition, he serves in the Chief Executive Officer role for the Blue Lake Casino and he is also the Tribal Administrator for the Blue Lake Rancheria. He has earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University (HSU) and his Doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West.

At HSU, Jason studied ways to increase bone density to help prevent or reduce severity of osteoporosis. His research in use of creatine supplements with exercise in elderly populations showed promise and is the basis of further research.

To push for the advancement of the sciences, and get more youth involved in STEAM education, Jason has developed and led initiatives for more makerspace and workforce training that focuses on career-readiness. In his role as President of the Blue Lake Rancheria’s Tribal Education Agency (TEA) Board of Education (BoE) he has created strategic partnerships to launch and maintain these programs over the long term.

Select Community Involvement

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group
  • North Coast Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Tribal Representative
  • Humboldt State University President’s Native American Advisory Council
  • Tribal-State of California Regulators Association, Committee Member
  • Blue Lake Education Foundation, Board Member
  • Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation, past Board Chair
  • National Indian Gaming Commission Technical Advisory Committee – past appointee

Select Recognition

  • DistribuTECH and PowerGrid International “Renewable Energy Project of the Year” 2018 (BLR)
  • FEMA “John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award” 2017 (BLR)
  • U.S. Marine Corps Designation as “Double Platinum Sponsor” Toys for Tots 2017 (BLR)
  • First Runner Up, Renewable Energy World/Power Engineering “Renewable Energy Project of 2017” (BLR)
  • Finalist, S&P Global Platts Energy Award “Commercial Application of the Year” 2017 (BLR)
  • Hospitality & Tourism Business of the Year, Arcata Chamber of Commerce 2017 (BLR)
  • White House and U.S. Dept. of Energy “Climate Action Champion” 2015-2016 (BLR)
  • Pacific Gas and Electric “Integration Award” 2014 (BLR)
  • Humboldt State University Kinesiology Endowment (for biomechanics/human performance laboratories)

CONTACT: Jason Ramos

Jace Baldosser | Member at Large

I am a tribal member of the Blue Lake Rancheria and grew up here on property. After high school I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. Since graduating I have worked for the Blue Lake Casino and currently work as the Executive Casino Manager. Being a founding Board Member of the TEA is a great honor for me, and I am excited to work in the area of education and supporting tribal youth. 

CONTACT: Jace Baldosser

Michele Kindred | Vice President

Hello, my name is Michele Kindred and I am a member at large on the Blue Lake Rancheria’s Board of Education. I was recently elected to a three year term and am excited at the opportunity to give back to my community. I am a firm believer in education and am committed to life long learning.

My educational back ground started at University of Hawaii, Hawaii Community College where I graduated with honors with my Associates in Liberal Arts. Many years later I attended College of the Redwoods and graduated with a degree in Transfer Studies. I received my Associates in Science in Dental Hygiene at San Juaquin Valley College in 2006.

After working as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Humboldt county for 13 years, I decided to continue my journey with dental hygiene. I enrolled in the program for Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific, San Francisco campus. After graduating and receiving my second license in hygiene, I continued working full time while starting my own hygiene business.

I sincerely believe in access to healthcare for all people. I became a Medi-Cal provider, while registering with all health care policies that recognized my license. During this time, I began to work closely with the Humboldt County Smiles Program, A local program that provides dental services in underserved communities and at risk populations in Humboldt County.

I was part of a planning committee with Humboldt Smiles that was specifically designed to promote and encourage more hygienists to pursue their Alternative Practice degree. I have performed dental services in many different settings, including Garberville hospital, many local schools, and individual homes for the mobility impaired patient.

I have also been an active member of the Six Rivers Dental Hygiene Component for 17 years, and served as Vice President for one of those years. I have volunteered over the years for several local health care fairs, and represented our hygiene component while doing so.

CONTACT: Michele Kindred

Kelsay Shackelford | Member-at-Large

I grew up in a suburb outside of Sacramento, right along the American River, that was not unlike Blue Lake: I spent my summers swimming in the river, catching frogs, exploring the trails, and riding my bike between friends' houses in the neighborhood, where we would listen to the coyotes sing at twilight. My high school, separated from the local middle school by just a soccer field, was a half mile walk from my house and my little brother could walk the short distance down the street to his elementary school under my mother's watchful gaze. We learned about the importance of balanced ecosystems with the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system, and took regular field trips to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery to study the salmon runs. Moving to Blue Lake felt like moving back home.

This upbringing has imparted a deep reverence for access to open spaces, the ability to utilize the natural world for learning and engagement, and the duty we have to preserve this world for future generations. When I learned there was a college tucked behind the Redwood Curtain, just a couple short hours from where my family spent a week every summer camping along the Mendocino coastline, I never considered an alternative. I started studying Sociology in junior college and then transferred to Humboldt State University to pursue a degree in Political Science, where I felt I could turn my passion for advocacy into action.

While attending Humboldt State, I had a number of opportunities for action, including participation in the California Higher Education Student Summit (C.H.E.S.S.). It was here I, along with my peers, lobbied our state representatives for a number of different bills that would impact students in higher education, including the "Yes Means Yes," or Affirmative Consent, bill, which standardized the definitions and responses to sexual assault on community, state, and university campuses in California. We also lobbied for a bill that would prohibit predatory lending to low-income students, in addition to lobbying for school funding initiatives. During my last semester at Humboldt State University, I had the pleasure of serving on Sofia Pereira's first run for Arcata City Council, during which we crafted a platform dedicated to upholding social and environmental justice.

After graduating, I focused my efforts on community building with my involvement in Lost Coast Rotaract, a subsidiary of Rotary International. There I learned the value of service to others and gained firsthand insight to the issues facing our community. We worked with many wonderful organizations, such as the Pac-Out Green Team to clean up our breathtaking coastline, the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center to provide care packages to those in need and funding to Betty's efforts, the Raven Project to provide resources for homeless children and teenagers in need, and Food For People to pack and distribute bags of groceries to food-insecure elementary-aged students. I developed my own skills as a leader with this group, to whom I am forever grateful, by serving as Public Relations Chair, Secretary, President-Elect, and then President.

I bring this experience to the TEA, where I commit to ensuring safe, accessible, quality education and resources for all students. I also pledge to uphold the TEA's mission of centering indigenous experiences in our curriculum, to celebrate the diversity of the tribes of the North Coast, and to reclaim a system that has relegated many of these tribes to the footnotes of history. I will work to support curriculum in renewable energy technology and sustainability, which I believe will provide much-needed and competitive skills to our community, and which I believe is our imperative to provide as responsible and compassionate stewards of this planet.

It is my honor and my privilege to be yours in service.

Michael Shackelford | President

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” –W.B. Yeats

Michael Shackelford is an elected member of the Blue Lake Rancheria’s tribal business council and appointed as the tribe’s Secretary/Treasurer. Michael obtained associates degrees from College of the Redwoods in two fields- one in business and another in social & behavioral science. Michael has successfully applied this education in career fields including finance, entertainment, and management. Michael’s current role is with the Blue Lake Rancheria’s environmental department as the land conservation specialist.

Community involvement is a focal point for Michael. Currently (FY 2024) serving as president on the Blue Lake Rancheria’s Board of Education (BOE) advising and overseeing the endeavors of the Tribal Education Agency (TEA), Michael has attended various local graduations to recognize the achievements of the next generation, presenting graduates with scholarships on behalf of Blue Lake Rancheria. The TEA does tremendous work in the community, collaborating with local school districts to ensure a bright future for today’s youth. Michael also serves the Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s (RCEA) Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

In his roles with Blue Lake Rancheria, Michael has contributed to numerous community cleanup events, participated in tribal historic preservation endeavors, and partnered with local businesses to assist in the betterment of the world around us. Michael’s ancestry is of Tolowa descent through the Brundin family, and he is proud to know Blue Lake Rancheria as is home.

Election Information

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Report of Tribal Election - 2022
Report of Tribal Election - 2021
Report of Tribal Election - 2019

Board Meeting Information


May 2024

21mayAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 05/21/2024

June 2024

18junAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 06/18/2024

July 2024

16julAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 07/16/2024

August 2024

20augAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 08/20/2024

September 2024

17sepAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 09/17/2024

October 2024

15octAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 10/15/2024

November 2024

19novAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 11/19/2024

December 2024

17decAll DayBOE Regular Monthly Meeting - 12/17/2024

Meeting DateAgenda PacketMinutes +/or Recording of Meeting
01/11/2022Link to PDF Link to PDF
11/09/2021Link to PDF
10/19/2021Link to PDF
09/07/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
08/03/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
07/2021No MeetingNo Meeting
06/15/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
05/04/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
04/13/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
03/23/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
02/09/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
01/12/2021Link to PDFLink to PDF
12/15/2020 - Meeting moved to 12/22/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
11/17/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
10/27/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
10/13/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
09/29/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
09/15/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
09/01/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
08/18/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
07/2020No MeetingNo Meeting
06/2020No MeetingNo Meeting
05/2020No MeetingNo Meeting
04/2020No MeetingNo Meeting
03/07/2020No MeetingLink to PDF (BOE Training Minutes)
02/11/2020Link to PDFLink to PDF
01/21/2020Link to PDF

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Education Agency:


Alison Robbins
Executive Director
TEL: 707.668.5101 | EXT. 1057

Blue Lake Rancheria
TEL: 707.668.5101
FAX: 707.668.4272

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Blue Lake Rancheria
PO BOX 428
Blue Lake, CA 95525

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