Hope MacDonald LoneTree

Hope MacDonald LoneTree serves as the Deputy Commissioner at the Administration for Native Americans managing a nation-wide discretionary grant program. Previously, Ms. MacDonald LoneTree served her people through the Office of the Speaker, 24th Navajo Nation Council on special projects and initiatives that included public safety, public health, and veterans. She has provided expert analysis and guidance as a Tribal Relations Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where she worked with tribal leaders and their communities on criminal justice issues. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in tribal and government affairs was instrumental during her two, four-year terms as a Councilwoman on the 20th and 21st Navajo Nation Councils.

During her terms as a Councilwoman,  Ms. MacDonald LoneTree served on numerous committees and subcommittees and broke the gender barrier by being the first woman elected to lead the Public Safety Committee of the Navajo Nation Council. Soon thereafter she was elected by her tribal leader peers to co-chair DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs Tribal Justice Advisory Group. In 2010, she served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council continuing her advocacy for victims of crime, restorative justice, and improving federal response.

Hope was the first Native American to be elected to the executive board and to serve as Vice-President of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. She has received numerous public service recognitions and honors including the 2013 Elected Woman of Excellence from the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Arizona Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

Michelle Sauve

Executive Director, Intradepartmental Council for Native Americans, Administration for Native Americans, Administration for Children and Families

Michelle Sauve, an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Intradepartmental Council for Native American Affairs (ICNAA) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the Executive Director for the ICNAA, she provides coordination across the Department, and supports the ANA Commissioner and the Council in cross-program collaborations and coordination on policy impacting Native Americans. Ms. Sauve is also serves as the Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist in the Office of the Commissioner at ANA. Her work includes providing policy and program advice across a variety of issues that impact Tribes. In addition, she helps ANA collaborate across federal agencies via participation on various work groups and interagency initiatives. She has been at ANA since December 2010, and previously worked as the Senior Project Consultant and Communications Lead as a contractor for ANA.

Lilian Sparks Robinson

A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Lillian has worked in Washington, D.C. for nearly 20 years, devoting her career to supporting the educational pursuits of Native American students, protecting the rights of indigenous people, and empowering tribal communities. In 2010, Lillian was appointed by President Obama, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve as the Commissioner for the Administration for Native Americans. In this role, she worked on programs and policy impacting Native languages and education, social development, and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Prior to her service at ANA, Lillian served as the Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), where she worked extensively on education policy and appropriations impacting American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students. A former staff attorney at the National Congress of American Indians, Lillian has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named as one of seven young Native American Leaders by USA Today Magazine, one of “40 Under 40” from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and American Indian Woman of the Year.

Barry Moses

Sulustu (Barry Moses) is the Executive Director of the Spokane Language House and holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Spanish and history, with a secondary teaching certificate. He also earned a master’s degree in education from Whitworth University, with an emphasis in curriculum design.  He was previously a tenured professor at Spokane Community College where he worked in Adult Education and Transitional Studies. Sulustu was also an adjunct professor at Whitworth University teaching courses in Native American Film and American Cultural Studies.   

Sulustu speaks Spokane, Kalispel, Spanish, and English and has a strong proficiency in languages of the Interior Salish including nselxcin (Sinixt dialect).  He became proficient in Language through a combination of independent study and participating in traditional ceremonies with tribal elders.   

Sulustu co-founded The Spokane Language House, which is a non-profit corporation dedicated to creating a new generation of fluent speakers. His organization conducts language classes in the community and engages in a variety of archival and curriculum projects.

Jefferson Greene

With a generous cultural investment by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Tribal Member Jefferson Greene headed a new grassroots cultural canoe program to bring youth and elders together to re-instill connection to homelands and waterways.

This program soon inspired the tribal community to journey into the largest cultural movement the community had seen to date, reviving songs, dances, stories, and a newfound connection to culture and language together.

Taking Ichishkín classes with elders, Greene developed a unique relationship with both the elders and the complexities of their language. Provided with significant first hand information about the language from elders, linguists, & educators, present and before, Greene sought understandings of equivalencies, concepts, contexts, and perspectives within the language to help execute one of the most connected and correlated understandings about the language of our time.

Wasq’ú, Táxshpash, Nimiipuu, Paiute, ku Shiwanish – Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Tachini Pete (Salish/Navajo)

Tachini Pete is Salish/Navajo, and is the current Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Director for the Native Language Community Coordination (NLCC) T/TA Center. He has been learning Salish of the Flathead Reservation for the past 25 years. He is an avid learner, researcher, and teacher of the Salish language. Tachini is well-known for his work in Salish languages and is a strong proponent for language revitalization. He is co-founder and founding executive director of Nkwusm, Salish Language Revitalization Institute. Tachini has authored the modern Salish language translation dictionary, “Medicine for the Salish Language” (SKC Press), published in 2010, and is finishing up the latest edition.

Tachini’s language consulting work over the past 23 years centers around providing language programs, communities, and funders with guidance and evaluation of their revitalization strategies and prioritization. He provides a revitalization framework to show language programs and communities the components and stages of work to better understand at what level their current effort is as well as how they can grow and advance toward their language revitalization goals. Furthermore, Tachini assists language leadership with program development by helping identify prioritization strategies based on current resources available to accomplish their goals. He creates training materials to help language programs and communities understand the processes of language revitalization and assists in bringing community efforts in alignment with current stage of language development.

Tachini works on language transfer capacity, second language acquisition, and researching and documenting the Salish language. Tachini’s experience teaching at all age levels (preschool to college) as well as an executive leader, understanding funding agencies, and advocate for language revitalization will support the needs of the NLCC cohort in the coming year.

Tachini holds a Master of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT. Tachini is a small business owner of Tachini Drums.

Jim Myers

Jim Myers is the Language Evaluator for the NLCC cohort. He provides the cohort with capacity building training in research, assessment, and evaluation. In addition, he supports the NLCC cohort with data collection and analysis.

Jim is Director of Evaluation and Research at Gary Bess Associates (GBA) and has been with GBA since 2001. He has taught courses in research methods and program evaluation in the School of Social Work at California State University, Chico. At GBA, Jim oversees evaluations and applied research projects. His expertise is in quantitative and qualitative assessment. As a macro practice social worker, Jim is experienced in survey question development, data coordination, data organization and analysis, and development of final reports. For the last 10 years, Jim has been conducting evaluations with programs working towards integrated health care. He also has been/and is concurrently the local evaluator SAMHSA-funded Circles of Care planning grants for Native American tribes and agencies.

Jim holds a Master of Social Work from California State University, Chico, CA, and has taken doctoral courses in human and organization development.

Sophia TurningRobe

Sophia TurningRobe is an enrolled citizen of the Spokane Tribe and Siksika First Nation. She is also a freshman at Whitworth University where she is studying political science and theology with a minor in law and justice. From a young age her Native American culture has been the center of her life. Sophia is a Jingle Dress dancer and currently holds the title for Miss Spokane Tribe 2021-2022. Being involved in her tribal community Sophia has always been passionate about cultural traditions and language. Sophia strives to be an advocate and role model for younger Native Americans and demonstrate the importance of culture, family, and community. Along with her studies and cultural practices, Sophia is a setter and right side hitter on the Whitworth women’s volleyball team.