My name is Edward Jeffery Doherty Jr., Eddie for short. I am a registered Nooksack tribal member. We are one of the smaller Federally recognized tribes in the U.S.. We have a small reservation located in Deming, WA and this is where I currently reside.
I am a California transplant that migrated to Washington in 1981 in search of the elusive Salmon. I spent several years as a Treaty commercial fisherman and crabber. I still to this day work as a deckhand for my cousin’s commercial vessel. It is a livelyhood that I still admire and practice.
Due to a physical disability, in 1992, I returned to college to explore a newer profession. I graduated from Skagit Valley Community College, with the assistance of Lummi Nation Education, Nooksack Education and IVR (Indian Vocational Rehabilitation). I graduated with an ATA degree in Computer Technology. I graduated with High Honors “something CUM LATTE”.
I began current profession with Ballard Computers as a bench tech and soon worked my way up to Assistant Manager for the entire store. I was able to hone my people skills and professionalism in addition to community networking with several enterprise owners and educational leaders.
This experience opened a door of opportunity into the ground floor on the beginning of the IT department for the Mount Vernon School District. I was able to create, manage and maintain a LAN (Local Area Network) and staff consisting of 60 online workstations and myself as the soul support. This small LAN evolved into a LAN that contained over 3000 online systems and a staff of 2 server managers and 5 techs. Budget constraints, due to the current economy, forced a restructure of the District and my position was unfortunately eliminated.
I was offered a golden opportunity for a position with the Lummi Nation Tribal School. The Lummi Nation School is newer facility, about 5 years old, and was designed to not only support the latest technologies and but, to help enhance the progressive forward learning of their tribal children.
Lummi Nation School and MYTRIBETV have established a professional relationship that involves state of the art webpage creation and also the inclusion of a public broadcast program for our students. This program is allowing me to practice new skills in order to provide and nurture this technology for the current and future Native population.