Academic Success Counselor & Title IX Advisor
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
B.S. Social Work, Bemidji State University, 2015
B.A. Indian Studies, Bemidji State University, 2015
Experience and research:
For the last 3 years, I was a case manager for the youth programs (ages 18-24) at American Indian OIC in Minneapolis. I worked with a very diverse group of people and encountered many problems that required me to develop many skills for problem-solving. I was also an ICWA liaison for 1 year with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.
My name is Samantha Fairbanks, I am an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. I was raised in Bemidji but my family comes from Ball Club.
I graduated from college in 2015 from Bemidji State University with 2 degrees in Social Work and Indian Studies. Going to college was the best thing that I have ever done for myself. I really found who I was in the college setting. I was very involved in a student organization, the Council of Indian Students, and participated in an advisory committee that led to my success. I met great life long friends along the way as well.
Through liberal education I ended up in a Social Work class and thought to myself, I think I could do this for a living. I took another class which confirmed it. I eventually graduated and became a Licensed Social Worker which I have been doing for the last 5 years.
I really look forward to serving you all. I have been away from my community for the last 5 years living in Minneapolis/St Paul to gain more work experience. It was a great time and I learned a lot about my field of work, personal independence, and accountability. My goal is to help you all get there too.
8AM-4PM Monday – Friday
*Same-day appointments are available but allow at least 30 minutes from scheduling to meeting time*