Strong Leadership for Rural Oregon
Carina Miller grew up in Rural Central Oregon on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Today, she chooses to live in her hometown and works at the local non-profit - the Warm Springs Community Action Team.
Carina attended her local public school district, Jefferson County 509J, kindergarten through 12th grade. She graduated from Madras High School in 2005 and went on to get a B.S. in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon.
Having lived in Warm Springs, Eugene, Albany & Pendleton, Carina Miller understands the importance of strong leadership for Rural Oregon Communities. Oregon State Government representation is dominated by more populated Urban areas. Carina is a strong voice for Rural Families and Individuals who choose to live in beautiful Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Oregon.
Ties to the land and the way of life in Senate District 30, is part of who Carina Miller is. Her ancestors lived along the Columbia River and its Tributaries, practicing subsistence fishing and hunting. On the Warm Springs Reservation, her Grandparent's families ranched. Stories of the old day's stories relay the importance of neighbors supporting one another in trying times, for the benefit of all.
Grassroots organizing and activism have always been something Carina is passionate about. She got involved in student government and lobbying while in college. Her experiences in student unions, University of Oregon Senate, and the United States Student Association created a foundation for her more recent policy work.
In 2016 Carina was elected to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council, as the Wasco tribe representative. Warm Springs is a treaty tribe, which gives them a unique political identity and calls for leaders to be well versed in every area of governance to lead sovereign nations.
Carina's areas of focus were cannabis, environment, energy, education, climate change, and economic development. She was on the workgroup for clean energy jobs bill and spent countless hours advocating for rural communities and just transition.
Other accomplishments include serving as the energy committee co-chair for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians for three years. Serving as the chair of the Native caucus for the Democratic Party of Oregon, and being appointed to the Columbia River Gorge Commission by the Oregon Governor.