2016 Symposium Presenters

2016 Symposium Presenters

Lawrence S. “Larry” Roberts, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin,  acting Assistant Secretary

Lawrence S. “Larry” Roberts, was named the acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs on January 1, 2016, after serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs since July 2013. He joined the Assistant Secretary’s office as the Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs on September 6, 2012, after having served as General Counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Mr. Roberts began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Indian Resources Section. He handled a variety of federal Indian law cases for the benefit of tribal interests including the protection of tribal reserved treaty hunting and fishing rights. Mr. Roberts subsequently joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided counsel on the implementation of federal environmental programs by federally recognized tribes. After leaving the EPA in 2002, Mr. Roberts worked in private practice on federal Indian law and environmental matters until he joined the National Indian Gaming Commission in July 2010. As the Commission’s General Counsel, Mr. Roberts advised on matters involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other applicable laws and regulations. From 2003 to 2005, Larry served as Chair of the Native American Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. In 2011, he cochaired the Federal Bar Association’s Federal Indian Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Mr. Roberts graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995. He is a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar and the Wisconsin Bar.

Thomas E. Luebben, Esq., is a geophysical engineer (Colorado School of Mines – 1966) and an attorney (J.D., New York University School of Law Root-Tilden Program in Public Interest Law – 1969) primarily representing Native Americans. Mr. Luebben’s practice focuses on tribal government representation and protection and recovery of tribal land, tribal water rights and other natural resources. Mr. Luebben also serves as Director of Litigation for the Native Lands Institute of Albuquerque, NM. He has represented Indian tribes, organizations and individuals throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, since 1971, and has served as tribal attorney and special counsel for tribes and Native American groups in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. He has taught as adjunct professor of law at the University of New Mexico, guest lectured at the University of Arizona School of Law and has written texts and taught seminars on Alaska Native Lands, Tribal Jurisdiction, Federal Indian Law, Indian Land Status, Indian Land Rights and Land Claims, Indian Water Rights, Oil and Gas Development on Indian Lands and Mineral Development on Indian Lands. tl resume rvsd 0316http://www.thomasluebben.com/

Vince Logan, (Osage) Special Trustee for American Indians, Office of Special Trustee

Vincent Logan was sworn in as the Special Trustee for American Indians on July 7, 2014. He is the fourth person to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for this position. Professionally, Mr. Logan has been an investment adviser for the Merrill Lynch Private Bank, a finance attorney at Schulte, Roth & Zabel, both in New York, and performed public service with the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice. Immediately prior to joining Interior, he was President of The Nations Group, an investment consulting firm in New York. A member of the Osage Nation, Mr. Logan has been part of the fabric of Indian Country for many years, He says his most satisfying work has been as mentor for Native American attorneys, several of whom are pursuing careers in the capital markets or regulatory. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, he has resided in New York for more than 25 years. Mr. Logan was educated at Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Queen’s College, Oxford University, and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Ron “Tehassi” Hill, Jr., Council member of the Oneida Business Committee

Tehassi is fulfilling his duties a second time as a Council member for Oneida Nation. He graduated from the Oneida Nation High school — class of 1999. He owned and operated successful industrial, commercial, residential painting business for six years. He was elected to Oneida business Committee (OBC) as Councilman for a three year term (2008-2011). During his previous political career he served in the following positions: School Board, Election Board, and the Land Commission member. During that tenure he also worked on the 2033 Land Acquisition Plan and presented it to General Tribal Council (GTC) and it was approved. Tehassi also served as Chairman of the Community Development Planning Committee (CDPC) — a sub-committee of the OBC from 2008 to 2011. He also sat on the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Trustee Council (+$1,000,000 granted to Oneida while on NRDATC); Legislative Operating Committee (LOC) and worked on promulgating over 30 Laws and policies for Oneida Nation, and lastly was designee to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Tribal Operating Committee. As designee to EPA’s National Tribal Operating Committee, Tehassi worked with tribes and top EPA officials from across the country to address tribal needs. He also worked tirelessly to restore some the wetlands on the Oneida reservation. Tehassi’s views are that protecting our natural resources is important for clean water, healthy communities, and fish and wildlife. Tehassi has worked for Oneida department of public works as an Electrician for more than five years.
This term Tehassi is Chairman of the Audit Committee, as well as a member of the LOC, CDPC and the Quality of Life (QOL) committee. Tehassi was born and raised on the Oneida reservation and is married to Kanatihol Hill. Together they have a blended family of eight children. His parents are Ron Hill and Vickie Cornelius.

Charlene RoundFace, BIA, Realty Specialist

Sharlene M. Round Face is the Division Chief for Real Estate Services, in the Office of Trust Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC, where she has been for two years. She has 37 years of Bureau experience in Real Estate Services, having worked at two BIA agencies (Fort Peck Agency in Montana and Anadarko Agency in western Oklahoma) and three BIA Regional offices (Rocky Mountain in Billings, Montana; Western Region in Phoenix, Arizona; and Southern Plains Region in Anadarko, Oklahoma). Ms. Round Face was the Bureau Director of Probate Services from 2003 through 2004. Her primary areas of trust management have been in oil and gas leasing and royalty management; currently she is responsible for the management of the Bureau’s Realty program which includes Business and Agricultural Leasing, Oil and Gas Leasing, Rights-of-Way, Conveyancing, Fee to Trust, Proclamations, and the HEARTH Act. Ms. Round Face is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana and is a graduate of Eastern Montana College in Billings, Montana. She has seven children and eight grandchildren representing the Sioux Tribe of Fort Peck, Crow Nation, Navajo Nation, Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Creek Nation, and the Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation.

David Smith, Attorney, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton

David Smith has practiced law for over 30 years and is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kilpatrick Townsend.  During that time, he has represented individual Indians and Tribes in major litigation around the country, particularly in the areas of trust mismanagement, treaty rights, corporate governance and protection of sacred sites. He serves as Class Counsel in the representation of approximately 500,000 individual Indians in Cobell v. Jewell, a class action against the United States arising out of the mismanagement of the individual Indian Trust. This resulted in a $3.4 billion settlement, the largest class action settlement against the federal government. For the past several years he has been working with tribal governments, allottee associations and government agencies in seeking to locate the approximate 500,000 trust beneficiaries identified in the Department of Interior’s records as entitled to funds under that settlement and has successfully identified and paid 98% of the beneficiaries. More recently, he served as lead counsel in the case of Alabama v. PCI Gaming Authority, which successfully defended the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from efforts by the state to subject its tribal lands to state authority, and in July 2015, successfully obtained an order from the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Alabama enjoining a tax assessor from assessing tribal lands.  He currently represents individual allottees in a number of actions, including in an action in Federal Court in Oklahoma against a natural gas company for a 15- year trespass on allotted lands and in the Federal Court of Claims against the United States for mismanagement of oil and gas resources.  In addition, he represents children on a pro bono basis in federal and state courts in matters involving abuse and neglect and international abduction. He is also an adjunct professor at Notre Dame University School of Law in South Bend, Indiana where he teaches Federal Indian Law.

Bio for David Smith

Janie Hipp, Attorney, University of Arkansas Director of Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative

Employment Experience:
Employment History: Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (12.2013 to present); Senior Advisor for Tribal Relations, Office of the Secretary, USDA and Director Office of Tribal Relations, Office of the Secretary (2009‐2013); Risk Management Education Division, USDA, RMA (2009); National Program Leader, USDA NIFA (2007‐2009).

Research Experience:
Research as PI and co‐PI on numerous USDA grants during the period of 1993‐2007 and resuming in 2013, after a period of service as a National Program Leader at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly CSREES), USDA, Washington DC and Senior Advisor to the Secretary. Throughout her career she has served as PI and Co‐PI on research, education and extension grants totaling over $10m during the same period. While at USDA she managed portfolios of research, education and extension national investments ranging from $1m ‐ $90m annually.

Professional Experience:
Licensed Attorney continually during the period of 1985‐present. Academic Credentials discussed in the “Research,” “Employment,” and “Publications” area of this short biographical sketch. Involved within academia continually from 1992‐2007; followed by a short break from 2007‐2013 for federal service (see employment listing); followed by re‐engagement in academic setting in early 2013. Full listing available on request.

Cris Stainbrook, (Oglala Lakota) President, Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF)

Cris Stainbrook, Oglala Lakota, has been working in philanthropy for 25 years and has been president of Indian Land Tenure Foundation since its inception in 2002. As the Foundation’s president, Stainbrook provides leadership, strategic direction, management, fundraising and policy oversight to the organization with an emphasis on the successful implementation of the Foundation’s mission. Before joining ILTF, Stainbrook spent 13 years at Northwest Area Foundation, where he held several positions. As program officer, he managed grant making programs in sustainable development, natural resource management, economic development and basic human needs. During his final four years with Northwest Area, he served as the community activities lead, overseeing a rapidly growing staff and implementing new programs aimed at developing community-directed plans. Stainbrook was a founding member of Native Americans in Philanthropy and served on the board of directors for 11 years. He was also a founder and longtime advisory committee member of the Two Feathers Endowment of the Saint Paul Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation. In addition, he has served on a number of committees within the Council on Foundations and the Minnesota Council on Foundations. Stainbrook holds a bachelor of science from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in fisheries science from Oregon State University. https://www.iltf.org/about-us/staff/stainbrook

Jessica Shoemaker Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law
Jessica’s legal scholarship focuses on American Indian land tenure. She has completed a series of works analyzing modern institutions of reservation land ownership and is currently working on a long-term project on transformational property law change at the grassroots level. Her work has also included international efforts to develop tools for effective public participation in land use planning and community design in conjunction with the University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute. Before her academic career, Professor Shoemaker represented Indian agricultural and other interests, both in private practice and as a Skadden Fellow with the Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. She has interned for an Indian Probate Judge and a tribal appellate court, and she was a federal judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She received her J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Carrie Novak, Senior Loan Officer US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA)

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut in rural sociology and agricultural economics. I am currently a Senior Loan Officer with the Farm Service Agency, an agency of the United State Department of Agriculture. I just celebrated my 37th year with USDA in June of 2016. My last 4 years have been spent on a national level, involved with employee training, agricultural policy and customer service. I live on a small farm in north central Massachusetts where I grow many different types of vegetables. I am married to my husband Dan and we have 2 grown sons and a grown daughter. I also have 2 grandsons. In my spare time I serve on the Town of Templeton open space committee, community preservation committee and the agricultural committee, the North County Land Trust and Bethany Baptist Christian Education Board.

John McClanahan, DOI, BIA, Buy Back Program Mgr.

John has spent more than 15 years at the Department of the Interior, focused on Indian trust reform and the resolution of historical claims, most significantly Cobell v. Salazar, which commenced in 1996 and resulted in a $3.4 billion settlement in 2009. He currently serves as the Program Manager for the Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations, which was created to implement the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement. The Program manages a $1.9 billion fund to purchase fractionated interests in trust or restricted land at 150 reservations across the country. McClanahan previously served in the Department’s Office of the Solicitor and the Office of Historical Trust Accounting, where he helped resolve tribal trust fund accounting and management cases brought in various federal courts, playing a key leadership role on settlement initiatives totaling over $1 billion. McClanahan practiced real estate law in Colorado, including as an Assistant County Attorney, before coming to the Department. He received a LL.M from New York University and a J.D. and B.S. from the University of Wyoming.

Shawna Kalama, Yakama Nation

Terri E. Beckwith

Mr. Beckwith began his realty career on January 7, 1973. He is currently an instructor and consultant with ICC Indian Enterprises.  Beckwith retired as Director, Palm Springs Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1997. He was Area Realty Officer; Agency Realty Office; Chief, Land Titles & Records Office; Probate Examiner, Office of Hearings & Appeals. Beckwith’s career included positions in the Pacific Region, Western Region, Southern Plains, and Northwest Regions. Beckwith was on several task forces drafting regulations throughout his career. He has taught classes for ICC since 1998. He has taught classes for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and American Indian Training Center of the Desert. Beckwith graduated from Haskell Institute (now Haskell Indian Nations University) in 1970 and has received an Award in Accounting from UCLA.  Terry is a member of the Quinault Tribe.

Brian Gunn

Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville

“Brian Gunn is a principal in the Indian Tribal Governments Group at Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville in Washington, D.C.  A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Mr. Gunn works on a wide variety of issues for tribal clients in the US Congress and federal agencies.  He specializes in matters related to the federal budget, natural resources, taxation, and energy development, and was the lead lobbyist on the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (Pub. L. 114-178), which President Obama signed into law on June 22, 2016.  Mr. Gunn has also served as lead counsel in several tribal trust lawsuits in the federal courts, including Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation v. Salazar (D.D.C. 2005), which resulted in a $193 million settlement in the Tribe’s favor in 2012.  Mr. Gunn was named to the National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 Under 40” in 2011 and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Native American 40 Under 40″ in 2012.”

Earl Waits,

DOI_ASIA, Director, Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action

Earl J. Waits has served as Chief Administrative Law Judge, Probate Hearings Division, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Department of the Interior since 2005. He served on the Regulations Initiative working group on probate related regulations governing Indian Trust Probate proceedings. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Wyoming, and he holds a JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. After law school he worked for California Indian Legal Services and the American Indian Lawyer Training Program before going into private law practice in New Mexico. He taught Federal Indian Law at the University of New Mexico and in the Special Scholarship Program in Law for American Indians. He is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe at Wind River, Wyoming.

Deb DuMontier, Deputy Special Trustee

Debra L. DuMontier, University of Montana 1992; University of Montana School of Law, 1995; Master in Public Administration 2011. Deb has extensive experience in Federal Indian law, regulations, and policy. Currently Deb serves as the Deputy Special Trustee for the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians (OST), Department of the Interior, responsible for the management of Indian financial trust resources, a $5 billion fund, held in 3,300 trust accounts for more than 250 Indian Tribes and 400,000 Individual Indian Money Accounts. Deb is a direct report to the Special Trustee, a Senate confirmed political appointee. She is a licensed attorney with the State of Montana, and former legal counsel for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation, a large land base Indian tribe located in Northwest Montana fully exercising self-governance. She was appointed to the Equal Justice Task Force by the Montana Supreme Court and invited to participate on legislative review workgroups for the Indian Land Consolidation Act Amendments and American Indian Probate Reform Act. Her tribal affiliation is the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Charlene Toledo Chief, Division of Probate, Office of Trust Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs


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