Native Liaison, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Denaina Athabascan, member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, and shareholder of the Thirteenth regional corporation.
Attended grade school in Alaska, lived in a variety of locations including Kodiak, Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai. Attended high school and college in Montana and Wyoming. Married to a member of the Crow Nation.
Began federal career with the Forest Service as a member of first all-female timber marking crew in Wyoming in 1975. Continued in federal service with the Bureau of Land Management, gaining experience in typesetting, solid minerals adjudication, human resources and contracting. Also worked for the State of Alaska, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, and seasonal jobs like fish canneries and fire-fighting.
Currently serving as a Native Liaison for the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. Responsibilities include coordination of resource management with Alaska Native groups, individuals, communities and tribal governments.
My goal is to continue supporting the goals and objectives of the SAIGE organization, as articulated in the preamble of the bylaws. As a board member, I will strive to represent the government employees by actively contributing in group discussions, attending board conference calls, and annual conferences. I seek to encourage a balance with accurate and relevant information-sharing between American Indian and Alaska Native government employees and more understanding of the issues on all sides.