PROGRAMANCSASymposiumApril 12-13, 2022 UAF Wood Center Ballroom & Virtual
AGENDA TUESDAY, APRIL 129:00 A.M. Opening Prayer and WelcomeEmcee Tid Tidwell, UAFReverend Dr. Anna Frank, Chief of DenakkanaagaAaron Schutt, Doyon, Limited President and CEODan White, UAF Chancellor9:30 A.M. Managing ANCSA Lands PanelModerated by Freddie Olin, UAF AlumniLiz Cravalho, NANA CorporationDr. Richard Glenn, former ASRCJamie Marunde, Doyon, LimitedTisha Kuhns, Calista Corporation12:00 P.M. Networking Lunch - Lunch Provided1:00 P.M. Alaska Policy and ANCSA PanelModerated by Sarah Obed, Doyon, LimitedElizabeth Saagulik Hensley, NANASarah Lukin, Cook Inlet Region, Inc.Rex Rock, Jr., State of AlaskaRaina Thiele, Department of Interior3:00 P.M. Partnering between Alaska Native Organizationsand Academic Institutions PanelModerated by Tiffany Simmons, Doyon FoundationBarbara Amarok, UAF Northwest CampusDr. Sharon Lind, Alaska Native Business ManagementJolene Nanouk, UAF GraduateDr. Herb Schroeder, ANSEP6:00 P.M. Symposium Reception Benefitting Troth Yeddha’Indigenous Studies CenterHosted by Doyon, LimitedChief’s Court, Doyon PlazaEmcee Anna Atchison, Kinross Alaska andUAF Board of Advisors
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 AGENDA9:00 A.M. Opening RemarksEmcee Cheyenna Kuplack, Doyon, LimitedDr. Jessica Black, UAF ProfessorLaura Ekada, UAF Student9:30 A.M. Keynote AddressAnthony Mallott, Sealaska10:00 A.M. Economic Impacts in Alaska PanelModerated by Professor Cathy Brooks, UAFSheri Buretta, Chugach Alaska CorporationAndrea Gusty, Kuskokwim CorporationKim Reitmier, ANCSA Regional AssosiationAaron Schutt, Doyon, Limited11:30 A.M. Alaska Congressional Delegation RemarksSenator Lisa MurkowskiSentator Dan Sullivan12:00 P.M. Networking Lunch - Lunch Provided1:00 P.M. Looking Ahead to the Next 50 Years PanelModerated by Dr. Charleen Stern, UAFCurtis McQueen, Sealaska and EklutnaEthan Schutt, Bristol Bay Native CorporationMeghan Sullivan, Indian Country TodayLooking for a digital program?View the digital program and livewebcast, or learn about the TrothYeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center,by scanning this barcode with yourmobile camera!
BIOGRAPHIESPanelistSpeakerBarb (QasuGlana) Amarok is from Nome and is employedas the director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)Northwest Campus. She earned a masters in EducationalLeadership through the University of Alaska Anchorage anda Doctoral Degree in Indigenous Education through UAF.Barb worked with Nome Public Schools for 20 years and,most recently has served on the Nome School Board since2010. Barb has served on the Sitnasuak Native CorporationBoard of Directors since 2011 and as the Board Chair forthree years.Dr. Jessica Black (she/her) is Gwich’in from the villages ofGwichyaa Zhee (Fort. Yukon) and Toghotthele (Nenana).Dr. Black currently serves as an Associate Professor in theDepartment of Alaska Native Studies, Rural Developmentand Tribal Governance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Dr. Black received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work(BSW) at UAF and her master’s degree and PhD in SocialWork at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertationand current research examine the relationship betweengovernance and well-being among Alaska Native peoples,especially as it pertains to Tribal Stewardship and CulturalConnectivity. She resides in Fairbanks with her family,however, she frequently returns home to Gwichyaa Zheeto hunt, fish, gather and engage in other, important culturalpractices.Cathy Brooks is an Associate Professor in the Departmentof Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development at UAF.She teaches rural development courses tied to rural andcommunity development, communication, entrepreneurship,business planning, and management.ModeratorPreviously, Cathy was the instructor/program managerfor the Festival of Native Arts and adjunct instructor forUAF’s Interior-Aleutians Campus and UAF’s DevelopmentalEducation Department. Brooks also served as the 4-H YouthDevelopment Specialist in the mid-90s.She and her family call Fairbanks home but, spend mostof the summer on the Yukon River at her husband’s familycamp, where skills and traditions are shared with the nextgeneration.
BIOGRAPHIESPanelistPanelistSheri Buretta, UAF Board of Regents Chair, was appointedin 2015 by Governor Walker. Regent Buretta is the Chairmanof the Chugach Alaska Corporation. She is also Director ofthe Native American Contractors Association and serves onthe Board of Directors for the Alaska Federation of Natives,the Board of Directors for Alaskans Standing Together,the Tatitlek Corporation Board, and the ROSSIA RussianOrthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, Inc. Regent Buretta wasborn in Anchorage; her family is from the village of Tatitleklocated in Prince William Sound.Elizabeth “Liz” Qaulluq Cravalho is NANA’s Vice Presidentof Lands, responsible for providing strategic leadership andmanagement for programs that focus on the environmentalprotection and enhancement of NANA lands for subsistenceuse by shareholders and local communities. President JoeBiden appointed Liz to serve as an industry member on theU.S. Arctic Research Commission. Liz chairs the InternationalInuit Business Association, which was created by the InuitCircumpolar Conference to encourage sustainable andequitable expansion of the economy throughout the Arcticand to promote greater self-sufficiency in the Arctic andsub-Arctic regions where Inuit hold rights.Laura Deloodeneenła Ekada (she/her) is a senior atUAF studying biology with a concentration in biomedicalsciences and a goal of becoming a physician serving ruralvillages. Laura’s family is from Koyukuk, Nulato, and Minto,where she has taken part in the cultural traditions of eachplace. She was raised in the small village of Minto by hergrandparents.SpeakerLaura graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 2018.She wrestled, ran cross country and competed in track andfield for Umpqua Community College for two years. She isthe 2021 first runner-up Miss WEIO at the World Exhibition ofIndigenous Events. She is the recipient of the Chief AndrewIsaac Leadership Award from Doyon.At UAF, Laura is a BLaST scholar. She does research withDr. Jacques Phillip. She is the president of the UAF beadingclub and the Troth Yeddha’ Dance Group. Laura is a PeerEducator at the Nanook Diversity and Action Center. Lauraalso hosts a podcast called the Urban Auntie Show whereshe interviews guests on Indigenous culture and life.
BIOGRAPHIESCharleen Fisher, Ph.D. is Gwich’in, Koyukon, and Dena’inafrom Beaver. She currently teaches at the University ofAlaska Fairbanks as an Assistant Professor.ModeratorSpeakerPanelistShe has many years of experience as a K-12 certifiedteacher and principal. She has held multiple positionsincluding Executive Director with the Council of AthabascanTribal Governments and has served as the Chief of BeaverVillage Council. She is currently serving on the Doyon,Limited, Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Gwich’in Socialand Cultural Institute Board of Directors.Reverend Dr. Anna Frank, Chief of Denakkanaaga wasborn in Old Minto, and raised living a subsistence lifestyle.She has dedicated her life to working on behalf of theInterior Native community; serving on numerous boardsand committees. She currently serves as First Chief ofDenakkanaaga and as the Elder Advisor to the FairbanksNative Association Board of Directors. Frank was the firstsuccessfully ordained Indigenous woman in the world.Dr. Richard Glenn served on the leadership team of theArctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), where he wasLands Manager, Senior Vice-President of Lands, andExecutive Vice-President of Government and ExternalAffairs. He was an elected At-Large director of ASRCfor most of that time. Prior to that, he was a North SlopeBorough (NBS) department director and worked for multipleNSB Borough Mayors as a department director (BarrowGas Fields and Energy Management Departments). Hewas a geologist for his Alaska Native regional and villagecorporation subsidiaries and has a variety of experiencein sea ice research, oil, gas, and mineral exploration anddevelopment projects, and permafrost. In Barrow, he servedas crew member and co-captain of his extended family’ssubsistence whaling crew.He was awarded an honorary doctorate from theUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks for his contributions to theadvancement of arctic science and engineering.
BIOGRAPHIESAndrea Gusty is President and Chief Executive Officerof The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC), an ANCSA villagecorporation consisting of ten communities in the MiddleKuskokwim River region. Andrea is the daughter ofCheryl Jerabek of Aniak and Andrew Gusty Sr. of StonyRiver. Yup’ik and Athabascan, Andrea is a TKC Class BShareholder and a Tribal member of Aniak.PanelistPanelistAfter college, Andrea returned home to Alaska to work asan investigative news reporter and anchor for KTVA CBS11 News in Anchorage. Andrea was hired by U.S. SenatorLisa Murkowski in 2011 to be her Alaska CommunicationsDirector. Wanting to do more for the people of theKuskokwim region and their descendants, Andrea beganworking for The Kuskokwim Corporation in April 2014.Andrea previously served as Community Relations, Landand Resource Manager, and Vice President before beingappointed as President and CEO of TKC in February 2020.Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley, J.D., is NANA Corporation’sVice President of External and Government Affairs,responsible for developing, managing, and leveragingrelationships with key stakeholders and partners to advanceNANA’s mission. Saagulik has worked for NANA as a staffattorney and as a partner at a private law firm, advisingAlaska businesses and Alaska Native Tribes, organizations,and corporations. Her most recent position was asgeneral counsel for Maniilaq Association, a Tribal nonprofitcorporation that provides health, Tribal government, andsocial services to residents of northwest Alaska. She hasserved as a senior policy advisor to the Assistant Secretaryfor Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior andan aide for the Alaska Legislature. Saagulik is a NANAshareholder and a Tribal citizen of the Native Village ofKotzebue. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropologyand Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and aJuris Doctor from the University of Arizona, James E. RogersCollege of Law.
BIOGRAPHIESTisha Kuhns was appointed Vice President of Land andNatural Resources in 2019, after serving for three yearsas a geologist in Calista’s Land and Natural ResourcesDepartment. Before joining Calista, she worked for 12 yearswith the Donlin Gold Project in geology and water qualitybaseline management.PanelistAt Calista, Tisha is responsible for the management ofCalista land and natural resources to achieve CalistaCorporation’s goals of financial success. She providestechnical advice concerning economic minerals, land issues,and coordination with industry and government agencies.Tisha is a Calista Shareholder born and raised in Bethel andHomer. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Geologyfrom Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.Tisha currently serves on the governor-appointed AlaskaMinerals Commission and the Alaska Miners Association’sBoard of Directors and is pursuing a graduate certificatein Alaska Native Executive Leadership at Alaska PacificUniversity. In 2021, she was named a Native American40 Under 40 by the National Center for American IndianEnterprise Development.Cheyenna Kuplack is the Public Relations Specialist forDoyon, Limited. She is responsible for the creation anddistribution of print and digital media, management of thecompany website and intranet, press and public relations,and assists with special projects and events.Master ofCeremoniesShe serves as a board member on the Fairbanks YouthSoccer Association, a committee member of the FairbanksChamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee,co-chairs the Publicity Committee for PRSA, and a memberof the Fairbanks Diversity Council.Cheyenna is Gwich’in Athabascan, and her family originatesfrom Gwichyaa Zhee (Fort Yukon). She is married to JamesKuplack, and together they are raising their daughter,Charlie Ch’ikiitsoo.
BIOGRAPHIESSharon (Chilux) Guenther Lind, MBA, Ph.D. is an AssistantProfessor of Management at the University of AlaskaAnchorage (UAA) College of Business and Public Policy.Her area of study and teaching is Alaska Native BusinessManagement where she created a minor focused on theAlaska Native Corporation. She was born and raised inKenai to Bob and Angelina (Snigaroff) Guenther.PanelistShe currently serves on the Board of Directors of The AleutCorporation, an Alaska Native Regional Corporation andAtxam Corporation, an Alaska Native Village Corporation.Currently, she is launching an Occupational EndorsementCertificate in Alaska Native Business Management, the firstcertificate in this area at UAA with a projected launch dateof Fall 2022.Sarah Lukin is CIRI’s Chief Strategy Officer who plays a keyrole in identifying long- and short-term business strategiesfor CIRI while ensuring the organization maintains strategyat the forefront of decision making and management ofits resources. She also oversees the corporate affairs andshareholder programs departments and is responsible forCIRI’s government relations.PanelistPrior to joining CIRI in 2021, Sarah served as Senior VicePresident and Chief Administration Officer for NANARegional Corporation where she provided strategicleadership in a range of functions for the company.Sarah brings nearly 20 years of experience working withbusinesses across the U.S. and Canada, including herprevious roles as chief operating officer for Pt Capital,senior vice president of corporate affairs for Afognak NativeCorporation and executive director of the Native AmericanContractors Association.Sarah is Alutiiq from the village of Port Lions, a remotecommunity on Kodiak Island. She is a shareholder of Koniag,Inc. and Afognak Native Corporation and an enrolled tribalmember of the Native Village of Afognak and Native Villageof Port Lions.
BIOGRAPHIESAnthony Mallott is President and CEO of Sealaska, anAlaska Native corporation owned by 23,000 Tlingit, Haida,and Tsimshian shareholders.KeynoteAnthony began serving as Sealaska President and CEO inJune 2014. In this role, he guides the investment decisionsthat directly impact Sealaska’s people, communities, and thenatural environment, all while focusing on increasing profitsand benefits for shareholders.Anthony earned a Bachelor of Industrial EngineeringDegree from Stanford University. He originally joinedSealaska in 2006 as the company’s Chief Investment Officerand treasurer where he was responsible for the direction oftreasury activities of the company and the management ofcorporate investment funds. Prior to Sealaska, Anthony wasa vice president within Bank of America’s capital markets,working in the portfolio and risk strategy group for 10 years.Anthony currently serves as a Trustee and former chair ofthe Kootznoowoo Permanent Fund Settlement Trust, whichbenefits Kootznoowoo, Inc. shareholders. He has alsoserved as a board member of the Rasmuson Foundation, a 600 million private foundation that promotes a better lifefor all Alaskans; an investment committee member of theAlaska Community Foundation, a 100 million philanthropicfund; and a Board Director of the Native American Bank.Anthony is a passionate advocate for the community andworks closely with organizations and partners throughoutthe region to bring people together for the benefit ofall Southeast Alaska. He is Tlingit, Eagle, Tsaagweidí(Killerwhale) Clan, as well as Koyukon Athabascan, CaribouClan. His Tlingit name is Gunnuk’.Photo courtesy: Aleut Corporation
BIOGRAPHIESJamie Marunde serves as the Vice President of Lands andNatural Resources for Doyon, Limited. She is responsiblefor the management of Doyon’s Alaska Native ClaimsSettlement Act lands and resources. She provides technicaladvice concerning economic minerals, land issues, andcoordination with industry and government agencies.PanelistJamie has worked for Doyon since 2013 in the Finance,Operations, and Lands and Natural Resources Departments.Previous to joining Doyon, she worked at Denali State Bank.Marunde has served on many boards to include the AlaskaMiner Association, Northway Natives, Inc., the WrangellSt. Elias National Park Service Subsistence ResourceCommission, and the Resource Development Council.Jamie is Upper Tanana Athabascan raised in Northway.PanelistCurtis J. McQueen is a current Board Member of theRasmuson Foundation, Alaska’s largest philanthropicfoundation. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman ofthe advisory board overseeing the University of AlaskaAnchorage Distinguished Rasmuson Chair of Economics.From 2013-2019, Curtis served as an Honorary Commanderfor Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, the forward commandfor the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army located inAnchorage.Jolene Nanouk, a graduate student studying RuralDevelopment at the University of Alaska FairbanksPanelist
BIOGRAPHIESModeratorSarah Obed is Senior Vice President of External Affairsfor Doyon, Limited. She is responsible for representingDoyon on a wide range of matters before federal, state,and local governments. Sarah is responsible for reviewingand analyzing legislative issues that may impact Doyon’sbusiness. Sarah oversees corporate and shareholdercommunications, including print and digital media, andpress relations.A Doyon shareholder and a Minto Tribal member, Sarahand her husband, Stephen, are raising their daughters inFairbanks.Freddie R. Olin IV is Koyukon Athabascan and a Doyon,Limited shareholder. He is a current employee andshareholder descendant of Gana-A’Yoo, Limited. Freddie’sposition at Gana-A’Yoo is Project Coordinator, ShareholderPrograms. His portfolio includes lands/resourcesmanagement, community relations, and the Gana-A’YooFoundation.ModeratorFreddie is a recent graduate of the UAF Rural DevelopmentBachelor of Arts program, with an emphasis in IndigenousOrganization Management. Freddie’s undergraduateresearch and senior thesis was focused on ANCSA landsmanagement, shareholder subsistence, and climate changeimpacts. As a non-traditional student he has built a strongknowledge base on the history of land selections and landmanagement under ANCSA and ANILCA.Photo courtesy: Koniag, Inc.Photo credit: Lachelle Roberts
BIOGRAPHIESKim Reitmeier is President of the ANCSA RegionalAssociation (ARA). Kim is Sugpiaq, a Koniag, Inc., andOuzinkie Native Corporation shareholder, and a Sun’aqTribe of Kodiak member.PanelistKim has made education, advocacy, and collaborationcornerstones of ARA’s work. Prior to joining ARA in 2011, sheserved as Chief of Staff to the President of Alyeska PipelineService Company and Director of Alaska Heritage Tours,where she oversaw tour package operations for CIRI AlaskaTourism.A University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) graduate, Kimis deeply involved in her community at every level.She received the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top40 Under 40 Award, was inducted into the AnchorageATHENA Society, and was honored as a YWCA Woman ofAchievement in 2021. Currently, she serves on the boards ofthe Alaska Community Foundation, Alaska Chamber, AlaskaBusiness Week, and the Providence Alaska Region, and isa past advisory board member of the UAA Alaska NativeOrganizational Management program.PanelistRex Rock, Jr. serves as the Policy Advisor for rural outreachand economic development with Alaska Native corporationsin Governor Dunleavy’s Office. In this role, he also workson a variety of state and federal tribal issues. Rex is on theBoard of Directors of the Tikigaq Corporation, a villagecorporation created through the Alaska Native ClaimsSettlement Act, representing the Inupiat people aroundPoint Hope, 330 miles southwest of Barrow. He also serveson the North Pacific Research Board. Rex is a whale hunterand son of Rex Rock Sr., who is the President of Arctic SlopeRegional Corporation.Photo courtesy: SealaskaPhoto credit: Violet Sensmeier
BIOGRAPHIESPanelistSpeaker andPanelistDr. Herb Schroeder started the Alaska Native Scienceand Engineering Program (ANSEP) in 1995 with a singleAlaska Native student. Dr. Schroeder has received manyhonors, including a Presidential Award for Excellencein Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in2004, the Alaska Federation of Natives Denali Award in2005, the greatest honor presented by the Federation toa non-Native, and in 2018 the George Norlin Award fromthe University of Colorado Boulder which recognizes ademonstrated and long-lasting commitment to excellencein his professional career and a devotion to the bettermentof society and his community. In 2009, the National ActionCouncil for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) honored himwith the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award(Founders Award), which recognizes individuals whoseefforts and accomplishments have resulted in increasedunderrepresented minority participation in the engineeringworkforce. In 2021, he was awarded the Friends of FirstAlaskans Ted Stevens Award by First Alaskans Institute.Aaron M. Schutt is President and Chief Executive Officerof Doyon, Limited. He is responsible for working with theBoard of Directors to set the overall direction of the DoyonFamily of Companies and provide leadership to its seniormanagement team. Aaron has worked at Doyon since2006. Prior to being named President and CEO, Aaronserved as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officerfrom 2008 to 2011.Aaron is Koyukon Athabascan and is an enrolled memberof the Native Village of Tanana. He was born in Anchorageand raised in Tok. He is married to Marissa Flannery andtogether they have two sons and a daughter.Photo courtesy: Doyon, Limited
BIOGRAPHIESPanelistModeratorEthan Schutt has spent two decades in roles of publicservice and executive management in Alaska. Aftergraduating from Washington State University with aBachelor of Science Degree in mathematics and then fromStanford Law School with a Juris Doctorate, he workedfor Alaska Supreme Court Justice Walter “Bud” Carpenetiin Juneau. He then worked for a law firm in Anchorageand as general counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference inFairbanks before returning to Anchorage in 2005 to workfor Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). He spent 13 years as anexecutive with CIRI and a decade leading and overseeingits energy investment portfolio and the development ofseveral projects, including the Fire Island Wind Project. Hewas also responsible for the land management of CIRI’sapproximately 1.5 million acres of land in the Cook Inlet,which included substantial oil and gas leasing. Schutt thenworked in several leadership roles with the Alaska NativeTribal Health Consortium. Ethan is currently ExecutiveVice President & General Counsel for Bristol Bay NativeCorporation (BBNC), where he leads BBNC’s efforts in legal,compliance and records management. Ethan and his wifeare the proud parents of five hockey players.Tiffany Simmons serves as the Executive Director forDoyon Foundation. Tiffany is a Doyon shareholder andCentral Koyukon Athabascan, raised in the Yukon Rivercommunities of Koyukuk and Galena. She is the daughterof Marie Simmons and the late James Walldow, and hergrandparents are the late Sidney and Angela and JennieHuntington. Tiffany raised her two children, Traven andTessa Sweetsir, in Fairbanks, where she currently resideswith her husband, Harold Attla.Tiffany has extensive experience working with tribalmembers and tribal governments in various managementand senior leadership positions. In her free time, Tiffanyenjoys beading, sewing, teaching others to bead and sew,and getting out on the rivers and land.
BIOGRAPHIESPanelistMeghan Sullivan is an Alaskan journalist from Anchorageand Fairbanks, who was selected to lead a recent reportingseries for Indian Country Today, Alaska Public Mediaand the Anchorage Daily News, that focused on the50th Anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims SettlementAct. Before this role, she studied International Relationsat Stanford University and worked for the NBC NewsInvestigative Unit. In summer 2022, she will begin a foreignreporting fellowship with the Associated Press.Her grandparents are the late Mary Jane Fate and HughBud Fate from Fairbanks.Tia Tidwell is an Assistant Professor of Alaska NativeStudies. She belongs to the Nunamiut people of AnaktuvukPass and currently resides in Fairbanks. Tia holds aBachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in EnglishLiterature from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Master ofCeremoniesPanelistRaina Thiele serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretaryof the Interior for Alaska Affairs and Strategic Priorities.She serves as the Department of the Interior’s policylead on issues related to Alaska, which comprises a largeproportion of the Department’s overall portfolio. She hasspent her career in public service, the private sector, andthe nonprofit sector. In her previous public service role, shewas President Obama’s tribal liaison and led planning forPresident Obama’s historic 2015 trip to Alaska. Raina wasborn and raised in Alaska and her family hails from PedroBay Village on Lake Iliamna and Alexander Creek. She isDena’ina Athabascan and Yup’ik.
BIOGRAPHIESSpeakerDaniel M. White has served as University of AlaskaFairbanks (UAF) chancellor since July 2017. He previouslyserved as University of Alaska vice president for academicaffairs and research. He joined the faculty of UAF in 1995as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. Hehas served in several positions at UAF, including directorof the Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF associate vicechancellor for research and head of the Office of IntellectualProperty and Commercialization, and interim vice chancellorfor research. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics fromColorado College, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineeringfrom Washington University, and a doctorate in civil andenvironmental engineering from the University of NotreDame.Photo courtesy: Koniag, Inc.Photo credit: Lachelle Roberts
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from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Tisha currently serves on the governor-appointed Alaska Minerals Commission and the Alaska Miners Association's Board of Directors and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Alaska Native Executive Leadership at Alaska Pacific University. In 2021, she was named a Native American