Carina Miller was raised in a family whose legacy of leadership and service – is tied to place - in Central & Eastern Oregon, the Columbia River and the High Plateau. Her great grandfather, Grant Waheneka, served as chairman of the Warm Springs Tribal Council, following a military career that included involvement with the early days of NASA, contributing to the first astronaut manual. Her grandfather, Sid Miller, was an Army veteran and lifelong rancher, who was the first editor of Warm Springs newspaper. Miller’s grandmother Faye Waheneka was well known as charming manager of the Warm Springs information center for many years.
Her family taught Carina the importance of doing the hard work – in tackling tough issues. They instilled the importance of using traditional knowledge and know how - to benefit all people in all our communities. Carina Miller believes we owe it to our ancestors to be the best versions of ourselves we can be, and that means collaborating with and caring for every living person on this earth regardless of personal beliefs, history or friction. It’s getting to know one another and working together that will advance the needs of our rural communities in District 30.
Chuush iwa waq'ishwit, Water is life. Low snowpacks and water shortage issues have been impacting the people of District 30 for several years now. I believe we need to make sure we are thinking of the next seven generations and leaving enough resources and systems that are equitable and serving all people in our Senate district. My experience working on water issues for Warm Springs, who are senior water rights holders, has also taught me now more than ever its important for everyone in our communities to be able to sit down and work together to find ways to serve everyone.
It's clear to me we need to advocate for more funding for education to come to rural Oregon. Communities are much more spread out and access to high-quality education and support for our educators is vital to economic development and responsible land management for our future.
There is also a high need for tradesmen across the board and a return to teaching trades in public education is something I support and would work for.
Tribes have a strong history of being responsible land managers and leading in partnerships on restoration projects. Carina's experience as a Columbia River Gorge Commissioner has taught her about the importance of forest health and fire mitigation in responsible public lands management. That experience combined with Indigenous knowledge about land stewardship will make her a strong advocate for rural issues and needs of people in district 30 when shes in Salem.