Philip J. (Phil) Hamel
I am told I have Mohawk ancestry and have been working at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ray Brook, NY since 1990, with the last 12 years as the Assistant Safety Manager. I have been the Native American Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) since approximately 1997 and have been recognized two separate years by the Bureau Of Prisons (BOP) with awards. These awards were for my education, out reach and commitment to American Indian issues and the dissemination of information regarding various American Indian issues both within the BOP and to outside organizations. I continue to utilize my contacts to educate staff on American Indian issues and have utilized my contacts to have Spiritual Leaders in to speak with American Indian inmates in hopes of decreasing their recidivism. I played a pivotal part in getting the Affirmative Action Branch of the BOP to recognize SAIGE and to utilize the organization to train their SEPM’s on American Indian issues during the Tucson conference. I have and remain in close contact with friend and teacher John Fadden and his family who built run and own the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, NY. Additionally, I served on the Board of the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks for approximately 12 years and coached both basketball and soccer for the local town and school system. I have a lovely wife and two teen age boys. Though there maybe many others better qualified to sit on the SAIGE board I would be honored and humbled to be chosen for such an opportunity.