Carina Miller was born in Madras, Oregon, and lives on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in north-central Oregon. She earned a degree in ethnic studies from the University of Oregon. Her professional experience includes working as an economic researcher, educator, social worker, and television production assistant. Carina is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. 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. Carina has been shaped by stories of the old days – that relay the importance of neighbors supporting one another in trying times, for the benefit of all. A former Member of the Warm Springs Tribal Council, Carina understands the importance of strong leadership and is an important voice for rural communities.