Roger Vielle was raised by his grandparents on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. After his grandparents passed, he went to a variety of Government Boarding Schools. He is currently an instructor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho
He has traveled all over this country and has taken the Pow Wow trail many times as a Men’s Northern Traditional Dancer. He is also a renowned speaker and story teller speaking at resorts, retreats, schools, and youth functions. He was a featured speaker at” Native America Speaks in Glacier National Park. He enjoys sharing his stories, songs and culture with all people. Roger has been a bounty hunter, private investigator, process server, counselor, youth camp director, teacher, and a case manager (just to name a few careers). Through all types of employment and locations, Roger has continued to be involved in his communities, caring for people with a special place in his heart for the youth and Veterans. He has been a counselor in life skills for youth and adult detainees. With a unique “no-nonsense”, bold approach, he has been able to reach many individuals. He also facilitates traditional circle talks, sweat lodge ceremonies, and cultural connectedness.
He has been a Board member since 2009 with BTYR and also the Native Spiritual Advisor for the organization. Amongst other duties with VCR he is the builder and facilitator of the Sweat Lodges for the Retreats.
He is a U.S. Army Veteran and specially trained Tribal Veterans’ Rep. He lives with his wife and two dogs and they all enjoy traveling around the country doing various speaking engagements, trainings, and attending Pow wows.