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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
NATIVE AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING COUNCIL

REGION

COUNCIL MEMBER

PHONE NO.

Region 1

Mr. Darrell Waldron
Executive Director
Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc.
807 Broad Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
dwaldron@rhodeislandindiancouncil.org
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

401-781-1098

Region 2

Chief G. Anne Richardson
Executive Director
Mattaponi-Pamunkey-Monacan, Inc.
5036 Indian Neck Road
Indian Neck, Virginia 23148
Chiefannerich@aol.com
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016

804-769-4767

Region 3

Mr. Elkton Richardson
WIOA Program Director
North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs
1317 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1317
elk.richardson@doa.nc.gov
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

919-789-5900

Region 3

Mr. Curtis Osceola
WIOA Director
Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc.
625 N. Adams Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
cosceola@fgcia.com
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

850-488-0730

Region 4

Ms. Kim Carroll
Grants Compliance Director
Cherokee Nation
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465
kim-carroll@cherokee.org
Term May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

918-207-3842

Region 5

Ms. Christine Campbell
Executive Director
American Indian Council
310 Armour Road- Suite 205
North Kansas City, Missouri 64116
CCampbell@indiancouncil.net
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

816-471-4898

Region 6

Mr. Gary Rickard
Vice-Chairman
Wintu Tribe of Northern California
6914 Haas Road
Anderson, California 96007
Wintun01@hotmail.com
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

530-510-1318

Region 6

Ms. Roselyn Shirley
Department Manager
Navajo Nation Department of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 1889
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
RShirley@ndwd.org
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

928-871-7721

Region 6

Mr. Michael Tucker
President
Knik-Tribal Council
P.O. Box 871565
Wasills, Alaska 99687
MTucker@kniktribe.org
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

907-373-7991

Region 6

Mr. Jacob Bernal
Executive Director
Tucson Indian Center
97 E. Congress- Suite 101
Tucson, Arizona 85702
JBernal@ticenter.org
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

520-884-7131, ext. 216

Oklahoma

Ms. Carla Bowlan
Project Manager
Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma
231 Seabrook Road
Ada, Oklahoma 74820
Carla.Bowlan@chickasaw.net
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016

580-559-0963

Hawaii

Ms. Winona Whitman
Director, Department of Employment and Training
Alu Like, Inc.
2969 Mapunapuna Place, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
wiwhitm@alulike.org
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016

808-535-6761

Other Discipline Members:

 

Mr. Jason Smith
State Director
Office of Indian Affairs
State Capitol - Room 202 - P.O. Box 200503
Helena, Montana 59620
jsmith@mt.gov
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

406-444-3713

 

Mr. Michael Hunter
Chairman
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
3101 Redemeyer Road
Ukiah, California 95482
tribalchairman@coyotevalley-nsn.gov
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016

707-354-6794

 

Dr. David Gipp
Standing Rock Sioux
DM Gipp and Associates, LLC
1364 14th Street SE
Mandan, North Dakota 58554
Wicasa46@gmail.com
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016

701-426-8154

 

Mr. Dave Archambault II
Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
P.O. Box D
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538
darchambaultII@standingrock.org
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

701-425-9474

 

Dr. Cynthia A. Lindquist
President
Cankdeska Cikana Community College
P.O. Box 269
Fort Totten, North Dakota 58335
president@littlehoop.edu
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

701-766-4055

 

Ms. Traci Morris
Director
American Indian Policy Institute
Arizona State University
250 E. Lemon Street - P.O. Box 872603
Tempe, Arizona 85287
t.morris@asu.edu
Term: May 11, 2016 - May 11, 2018

520-891-1851

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BIOGRAPHIES

Mr. Darrell Waldron

Mr. Darrell Waldron is a member of the Narragansett/Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
Mr. Waldron currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Indian Council, a nonprofit organization operating federal and state grants to provide education, training, and employment assistance to Native Americans in Regions 1 and 2. Mr. Waldron is the Founder and President of the American Indian Community Development Corporation, whose mission is to implement economic development strategies for the Rhode Island Indian Council. He also owns and operates Stepping Stone Ranch, a business that specializes in hospitality and recreation services.

Mr. Waldron has spearheaded many initiatives to assist minorities in areas of economic development. This includes working with the Minority Investment Development Corporation to provide loans to minority business owners. He was a former vocational skills instructor for the Jobs for Progress, Inc., that provides skills training for Indian youth and adults in the Providence area. He has also served on numerous boards including the Governor’s board for the Bridge and Turnpike Authority; Providence Police Advisory Board; Omni Housing Development Corporation Board; Chair of Harbor Heritage Museum Board of Directors; American Indian Health Care Association Steering Committee; Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program Advisory Council; Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island Board and the Providence/ Cranston Workforce Investment Board. He is also affiliated with the Civil Rights Roundtable; NAACP Providence; Rhode Island Coalition for Affirmative Action; United Way of Rhode Island and the Red Cross of Rhode Island.

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Ms. G. Anne Richardson

Ms. Anne Richardson descends from a long line of Rappahannock Chiefs. She has been a grassroots organizer since 1988 and participated in the formation of the United Indians of Virginia, an inter-tribal group comprised of tribal leaders representing seven of Virginia's recognized tribes. She has a degree in business and has extensive experience in community and economic development. She served as the Executive Director of the Mattaponi-Pamunkey-Monacan, Inc., from 1991-1994 and has recently been rehired as the Executive Director. Ms. Richardson previously served on the Native American Employment and Training Council for the Department of Labor as its Chairperson and served as a member of the Virginia Board on Aging.

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Mr. Elkton Richardson

Mr. Elkton Richardson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of North Carolina and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Richardson attended Black Hills State College in South Dakota and East Carolina University in North Carolina, majoring in Political Science. Mr. Richardson has extensive experience working in workforce development and was an original appointee to the Council on July 1, 1993, and a member of the former Native American Programs’ Advisory Committee. He has been employed for 27 years with the North Carolina State Commission of Indian Affairs, having served 26 years as the Director of the American Indian Workforce Development Program. Mr. Richardson serves as the designee to the state workforce development board (NC Works Commission), representing the Secretary of the NC Department of Administration and the Section 166 programs in North Carolina. He also serves as staff to the Commission’s Economic Development and Employment Committee and the Commission’s Recognition Committee. He represents tribes and communities in the southeastern part of the United States.

Mr. Richardson is a former Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, and is a three-term member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribal Council. During his tenure of elected tribal leadership, Mr. Richardson also served as the first Chairman of the Tribe’s Federal Recognition Advisory Committee and served as the Chair of the Tribe’s Ad Hoc By-Laws Review Committee. He has served the Haliwa-Saponi tribal community as an appointed representative on local boards including the Halifax Regional Hospital Board of Directors, the Halifax County Board of Health, and the Halifax County Performance Audit Committee.

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Mr. Curtis Osceola

Mr. Curtis Osceola is a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. Mr. Osceola has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. He has experience at the tribal, state, and national levels. He currently serves as a member of the United South and Eastern Tribes. As such, he has a broad spectrum of views and understanding of Indian issues. He also served as an Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Indian Programs in Chicago where he oversaw federal housing programs for native communities in the Great Lakes Region.

Mr. Osceola also served as an Executive Officer of the Miccosukee Tribe where he supervised education, health, job and skills training, housing and community development, social services and law enforcement. He has vast tribal experience with economic and community development planning and implementation, employment and training, education, land use planning and infrastructure development. In addition, he has worked with the protection of tribal land resources and environmental protection, primarily with federal agencies. He has worked with national Indian organizations, representing many tribes in the eastern part of the United States in advancing social and economic development, protection of trust lands, and promoting self-governance.

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Ms. Kim Carroll

Ms. Kim Carroll currently serves as the Director of the Cherokee Nation’s Grants & Compliance and Career Services department. Ms. Carroll has been employed with the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for the past 28 years. In her current position as Director of Grants and Compliance, Ms. Carroll is responsible for grant development and management, compliance, and both federal and tribal reporting for the Career Services Department, in which all employment and training programs are administered. She supervises the Central Records Office, Data Entry, Intake, and Compliance Monitoring. Ms. Carroll has served on numerous workgroups concerned with employment and training issues, served as a field reader for the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, and is active in the National Congress of American Indians. She is currently the Secretary of the National PL 102-477 Tribal Work Group and Co-Secretary of the National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference.

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Ms. Christine Campbell

Ms. Christine Campbell is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She has worked with the American Indian Council Indian Employment and Training Program (AIC) for 34 years and has served as the Executive Director for the past 26 years. She served six years on the Full Employment Council Workforce Investment Board of Kansas City, Missouri. She provides cultural training awareness to Workforce Center in Kansas. During her 34 year tenure, Christine has worked with eight different urban American Indian Communities with their employment and training needs.

Currently, and for the past three years, Christine serves as the Chair for the Kansas City Cherokee Community, (KCCC) an active organization membership with the Cherokee Nation Community Association (CNCA). KCCC works closely with Principal Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation in the Cherokee Nation’s efforts to educate and assist Urban Cherokee enrolled members with cultural and community activities. Ms. Campbell is involved in educating social services providers and other professionals in providing more culturally appropriate services to American Indians and sharing in the wellness movement of American Indian people.

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Mr. Gary Rickard

Mr. Gary Rickard is an enrolled member of the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Tribe. Mr. Rickard is nominated by the California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. He has worked in the field of employment and training services for more than 35 years. He has experience at the tribal, county, state and federal levels with a wide variety of employment and training programs including but not limited to; Workforce Investment Act, CalWorks, Tribal Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Food Stamp programs. He has developed many innovative practices in assisting and preparing individuals, especially the “hard to serve” for entry into employment.

Mr. Rickard has served as a presenter at the national level for many years in workshops such as Job Readiness, Case Management Levels I and II, Job Development, Worksite Development and Customer Motivation. Over the past 20 years, he has assisted numerous tribal employment and training programs in improving their delivery of services. Mr. Rickard served on the Shasta College Economic Opportunities Advisory Council and is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. He has served as a keynote speaker for organizations such as Martin Luther King Day, Citizens Against Racial Violence, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Indian Education Conference. He is also a professional Trainer/Consultant and has a degree in Sociology from Shasta College; certification as a trainer from the University of California, Berkeley; and course completion in social welfare from the University of California, Davis Community Extension Program.

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Ms. Roselyn Shirley

Ms. Roselyn Shirley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She has 38 years of experience with the Navajo Nation’s employment and training program. She currently serves as the Navajo Nation’s Department Manager of Workforce Development. Ms. Shirley serves on several boards that include, but are not limited to: the Navajo Employees Advisory Board, Navajo Division of Labor, and the Workforce Development Association. She is an active member of the Arizona Association of Workforce Professionals and participates in partnerships with state WIOA programs. She is also an elected officer of the National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference. Ms. Shirley has an Associate’s Degree from the College of Ganado.

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Mr. Michael Tucker

Mr. Michael Tucker is an original shareholder of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., and a shareholder of Koniag Inc., Chair of the Valley Native Primary Care Center Advisory Board, and a board member of the Southcentral Foundation Anchorage Service Unit. He has a broad perspective on key industries in Alaska as well as the construction industry.

Mr. Tucker currently serves on the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. He is a member of the Cook Inlet tribal Council (CITC) Board of Directors and is the President of the Knik Tribal Council. Mr. Tucker has dedicated his life to the construction industry and has a passion for training rural Alaskans for employment on local projects and to ensure local hire. He attended the Southern Alaska Carpenter training Program and achieved his journeyman status. He has over 20 years of experience in the field as a journeyman, foreman, general foreman, and five years in office as a Superintendent. He has served as an instructor with Alaska Works Partnerships for 14 years. In that capacity, he delivered construction awareness, safety training and construction skills classes for village projects, regional housing authorities, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, construction academies for youth in Anchorage and rural Alaska, and adult training through the Alaska Construction Academy in many communities across Alaska.

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Mr. Jacob Bernal

Mr. Jacob Bernal currently serves as the Executive Director for the American Indian Association of Tucson, Inc. Mr. Bernal has extensive experience in workforce development, policy development and strategic planning. He serves on several boards that include but are not limited to: the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, the National Council for Urban Indian Health, and the University of Arizona Indian Studies program. Mr. Bernal is a recognized leader among his peers and is noted for his commitment to Indian and Native American issues. Mr. Bernal has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

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Ms. Carla Bowlan

Ms. Carla Bowlan is Choctaw/Chickasaw and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Bowlan is a graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and currently serves as the WIA, Section 166 Program Director for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma administering the adult and youth programs.

Prior to working for the Seminole Nation, she worked for the East Central Workforce Investment Board in Central Oklahoma as a Case manager and One-Stop Operator. She has also worked for the Wichita, Caddo and Delaware tribes for the Woman, Infant, and Children program, as the Nutrition Coordinator counseling Native American mothers and families on health and nutrition.

As Director for the WIA Program for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Carla is involved on a daily basis working with the Native American Indians residing within the Seminole Nation Jurisdiction of one county and most recently covering a five county area for Department of Labor’s National Emergency Grant for Dislocated Workers.

Carla is currently serving as the Assistant Chairperson of the Oklahoma Employment Advisory Council, which consists of all of the Native American Programs in Oklahoma receiving WIA funding. This Advisory Council is responsible for coordinating efforts and sharing of best practices within the Native American Tribes in Oklahoma. One of the major efforts of this council is coordinating and providing a one day Youth Leadership Conference in central Oklahoma focusing on the unique needs of the Native American youth in Oklahoma.

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Ms. Winona Whitman

Ms. Winona Whitman is a Hawaiian Native and has been a member of the Native American Employment and Training Council since its inception in July 1993. She has also served as a member of the Council's predecessor and the JTPA Native American Programs' Advisory Committee since its inception in October 1989. Ms. Whitman has served as the administrator of the former JTPA grant for Alu Like, Inc., since 1979 and continues to serve as the Director for the WIA Program. She has a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Business Education from Morehead State University (Kentucky). She has extensive experience in the field of vocational education, both in curriculum development and classroom instruction.

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Mr. Jason Smith

Mr. Jason Smith currently serves as the State Director of Indian Affairs in the Office of the Governor in Helena, Montana.  Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/ Entrepreneurship from Salish Kootenai College.  In his capacity as the State Director, he meets on a quarterly basis with the tribes in Montana and provides advice and recommendations to the Governor’s cabinet and legislative and executive branches.  He previously worked with the Montana Department of Commerce as a program manager for state/tribal economic development.  He also served as a majority aide to the House of Representatives in the State of Montana, where he also served as the Chief of Staff for the Montana American Indian Caucus.

He currently serves on the Governor’s Interstate Indian Alliance, a member of the Montana Indian Business Alliance, Montana Board of Veteran Affairs; Montana State Tribal Economic Development Commission; Interagency Coordinating Council for State Prevention Programs and the Interoperability Governing Board.  He planned and facilitated the Governor’s Tribal Relations Training from 2013-2015 and facilitated a Governor’s Tribal Leaders Summit in 2015.

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Mr. Michael Hunter

Mr. Michael Hunter is the Chairman of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, a Federally-recognized sovereign tribal nation, located in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California. He is also the Chief Executive Officer for the Coyote Valley Casino and Coyote Valley Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Hunter was also an elected member of the tribal council from 1995-2004, the youngest elected official in the tribe’s history.

Mr. Hunter is involved with his tribal traditions and culture, mentors the tribal youth, and is an emerging leader with the National Congress of American Indians. He has been engaged with the California National Indian Gaming Association was recently recognized by the National Indian Athletic Association with their 2014 Leadership Award.

Mr. Hunter’s past experience includes serving as General Manager of the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino and the Red Fox Casino, both based in California, and as a consultant with Tribal Nations Consulting, which is an organization promoting businesses in Indian Country. He is also a past participant of the Indian and Native American employment and training youth and adult programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Dr. David Gipp

Dr. David Gipp is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Dr. Gipp has over 30 years of expertise in the field of education. He was born in Fort Yates and was educated at the University of North Dakota (1969) and holds a Doctorate in Law and Honorius Causa from North Dakota State University (1991) for his contributions in developing tribal higher education. He has been the recipient of various national and community awards.

His professional work has been principally in the development of tribal colleges since 1972. He was instrumental in developing the first national legislation which assists “tribally controlled community colleges.” He has an extensive background in vocational and higher education.

He is the President of the United Tribes Technical College. He has been President since May 2, 1977. He worked with and served on the board of the United Tribes of North Dakota during its founding days in 1969-1972.

President Gipp is the past Executive Director (1973-1977) and President of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (1978-1980, 1991-1993, and 1999-2000) and past Chairman of the American Indian College Fund (2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005). He is the current Chairman of the INMED Advisory Council, University of North Dakota.

He was appointed by the former Governor of North Dakota to the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, the North Dakota State Commission on National and Community Service, and the North Dakota Quarter Design Selection Process Commission. He was an appointed delegate to the Secretary of Labor’s Native American Employment and Training Advisory Council on the Workforce Investment Act (1997-2004). He has been the advisor for the Great Plains tribes on the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Tribal Budget Advisory Council for seven years (2000-2007).

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Mr. David Archambault

Mr. David Archambault is the 45th Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North Dakota. He has an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Sitting Bull College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from North Dakota State University, and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Mary, North Dakota. As the Tribe of the renowned Chief Sitting Bull, Standing Rock has a long and proud history with about 16,000 members, 500 employees, and a reservation of 2.3 million acres located in North and South Dakota. The tribal government operates a broad range of programs that include education, health, infrastructure, environmental, nutrition, lands, finance and cultural resource programs. Mr. Archambault is actively involved in tribal economic development activities. Standing Rock, for example, is one of the few tribes in the country to own and operate a telecommunications company, providing phone service on the reservation. The Tribe also owns a Tribal farm, a propane company and two casinos. Mr. Archambault brings his significant business background to the Tribe’s oversight of these economic activities, which provide needed resources for Tribal programs.

In 2014, Mr. Archambault hosted the historic visit of President Obama and the First Lady to the Standing Rock Reservation. During that visit, he accompanied the President and First Lady in a meeting with six youth from Standing Rock, who spoke of the challenges they face growing up on the reservation, and about their aspirations for the future. Mr. Archambault has dedicated much of his time and energy to advancing the interests of Native youth.

Prior to serving as Chairman, Mr. Archambault worked for United Tribes Technical College, directing a project that focused on developing the workforce in Indian country through training and industry partnerships with tribal colleges. He previously served on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, where he focused on economic development, renewable energy and government reform. He has also served as the Institutional Research Director/Business Instructor at Sitting Bull College, at Standing Rock. Mr. Archambault has owned and operated a small convenience store in his community since 2002. He is currently the only tribally-elected official serving on the Tribal Issues Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission, which is charged with providing the Sentencing Commission with recommendations regarding the disparate impact of federal sentencing on Native Americans.

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Dr. Cynthia A. Lindquist

Dr. Cynthia Lindquist is a member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation, North Dakota. Dr. Lindquist has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota (2006); a Master’s in Public Administration, University of South Dakota (1988); and a B.A., American Indian Studies/English, University of North Dakota (1981). She has extensive and proven senior executive leadership experience in the areas of public administration, health systems development and management, program development, and higher education administration. She is skilled at creating coalitions, consensus building, and the networking of diverse groups, individuals, and agencies at the national, state, local, and tribal levels of government.

Dr. Lindquist currently serves as the President of the Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College (CCCC) since October 2003. CCCC serves the residents of the Spirit Lake Dakota reservation in northeastern North Dakota with an average enrollment of approximately 250 students and an operating budget of approximately $10 million with 110 employees including 25 faculty members. Key accomplishments as President includes stabilized governance system/structure; incorporated sound accounting practices - 12 consecutive years of clean audits; reorganization and stability and development of 5-year strategic plan based on institutional/community data; implemented appropriate recruiting and credentialing practices and implemented various internal/external communication tools to engage stakeholders.

Dr. Lindquist previously served as an Instructor/Director of Indian Health Studies at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Community Medicine in Grand Forks, ND where she managed and developed an Indian Health Studies division. During her tenure, she created an alliance with the Indian physicians in North Dakota and assisted in the assessment of health service needs of tribal communities; supported the training of American Indian students in health professions and development of tribal research networks. She also served as the Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission where she served as a liaison between the State and the five Indian nations of North Dakota.

Dr. Lindquist currently serves as the Chair and member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center, Founding Board Member (1994 - present). She has extensive experience and has served on a professional boards and committees including The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges & Schools, Board of Trustees Member (2008-2014); American Indian College Fund, Member Board of Trustees (2006-2015) and American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education, Member (2007-2010 and 2015-2018 for Women’s Network Executive Council) and was an appointed member from 2009-2013 on the ND Supreme Court Judicial Planning Committee and has authored and co-authored numerous publications throughout her career.

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Dr. Tracy L. Morris

Dr. Traci Morris is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Dr. Morris currently serves as the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University (ASU). Morris has a M.A. and Ph.D., from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies Program, in addition to a B.A. from Colorado State University. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists and galleries; written a college accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and in Congress.

Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Dr. Morris authored Native American Voices: A Reader, which continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. As an entrepreneur, prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting, LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research, assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes.

In her capacity as Director for the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University; and as a board member for the Phoenix Indian Center as well as serving on the Consumer Advisory Council for the Federal Communications Commission. Dr. Morris is well versed in contributing to and meeting the employment and training needs required in Indian communities and serving Indians and Native Americans, both on and off the reservations.

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