Desjarlais, from The NATIVE Project, to be Coffee Talk guest panelist

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Makayla Desjarlais, a prevention services coordinator at The NATIVE Project, will be a guest panelist at this weekend’s Coffee Talk on “Addressing Racism and Prejudices.”

Desjarlais, who is enrolled with the Chippewa-Cree Tribe from Rocky Boy, Montana, coordinates youth service programs with the NATIVE Project, including Indian Youth Leadership Camp, the Indian Youth Summer Program and Wellness Program.

She also serves as a part time reserve officer with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police. She worked full-time for the Tribal Police from 2011-2014 and during that time was cross-deputized by both Kootenai and Benewah counties.

Desjarlais is originally from Post Falls, Idaho and holds a degree in criminal justice from St. Edwards University.

Coffee Talk will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Indaba Coffee.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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