2004-08-17 Presenter Biographies
Karen J. Atkinson, Tribal Strategies, Inc.
Karen J. Atkinson is
Geoffrey Blackwell, Senior Attorney and FCC Liaison to Tribal Governments, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Mr. Blackwell provides oral and written counsel to the Commission on regulatory, adjudicatory, and licensing matters involving Tribal issues and matters of Federal Indian law. He is responsible for various outreach efforts to Tribes, Tribal representatives, and consumers. Mr. Blackwell also coordinates various “in-reach” efforts to educate FCC staff about Tribal governments and cultures, Tribal sovereignty, federal Indian law and Tribal communications needs. Prior to his most recent federal service, Mr. Blackwell worked in the Litigation Department of Hale and Dorr, LLP, of
Kenneth H. Carleton, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer,
Carleton was born in 1961 in central
Jerry Gidner, Director, Office of Planning and Policy Analysis, Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Jerry Gidner recently completed a two-year assignment as the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs. In that position, he assisted with managing an organization with nearly 11,000 employees and a $2.4 billion budget. He was the project lead for a large-scale reorganization of the Office of the Assistant Secretary and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The reorganization would be an excellent case study for consultation: The Department believes that the consultation it conducted was unprecedented in magnitude; many Tribes believe consultation did not occur at all, or was entirely insufficient.
Mr. Gidner has previously served as the Chief, Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources Management for the BIA, as an enforcement attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency, and as an environmental educator for a county parks department.
Mr. Gidner has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from
Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for NEPA Compliance, Council on Environmental Quality
Horst G. Greczmiel joined the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in December 1999 as the Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Oversight. He is responsible for overseeing and implementing the NEPA and CEQ mandates to ensure that federal agencies integrate environmental values into decision-making and serves as the Director of the NEPA Task Force.
Prior to joining CEQ, he worked in the Office of Environmental Law at Coast Guard Headquarters in
Mr. Greczmiel was born in
Valerie Hauser, Native American Program Coordinator for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Valerie Hauser is the Native American Program Coordinator for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in
As Native American Program Coordinator, Valerie advises the Chairman, members, and Executive Director on policy matters and historic preservation issues affecting Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiians. She also provides technical assistance and outreach to Section 106 participants regarding participation of Indian tribes and Native Hawaiians in the Section 106 review process and the national historic preservation program.
Prior to her tenure at the ACHP, Valerie served as Director of Archeology at an environmental education center in
Joseph Hesbrook, Ph.D., Wakeashuhla (Rattling Hail) Tribal Liaison, Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency
Dr. Hesbrook is currently Tribal Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a Plains Indian (Lakota) who also consults and lectures nationally and internationally on such topics as: An American Indian World View; American Indian History; A History of Tribal Law; The Government to Government Relationship and Indian Art and Culture.
Dr. Hesbrook has worked with numerous non-profits and has spoken to businesses and organizations on the fundamental issues facing American Indians in American society. He has introduced many to the lifestyle of Indians living on Reservations or in mainstream society. He has maintained his native roots while serving as a consultant for the Department of Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has also served as a faculty member and consultant to:
Dr. Hesbrook served as a U.S. Senator of
Paul Lumley, Senior Tribal Liaison, Office of Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Installations and Environment
Paul Lumley joined the Department of Defense on
Oren R. Lyons, Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee
Oren Lyons is a traditional Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (“People of the Long House”) or Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. He sits on the Grand Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee, which was founded upon the principles of peace, integrity and power of the good mind.
Oren Lyons is a Professor of American Studies at the State University of New York at
Since 1970, Oren has been a leading advocate for American Indian causes. He is recognized not only in the
Oren has received numerous honors and awards, including the Honorary Doctor of Law from
Oren was the subject of a one-hour television documentary produced and hosted by Bill Moyers which was broadcast on PBS on
Oren is a lifelong lacrosse player and is currently the Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team. In 1993, he was elected to the Lacrosse National Hall of Fame.
David Nelson, Director, Environment & Natural Resources Department,
Mr. Nelson is theDirector of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Environmental Protection Department. Mr. Nelson has held the position for seven years, addressing environmental and natural resource issues including eenvironmental planning, policy development, legislative initiatives, assessing and developing regulations, developing funding proposals and implementing media strategies. He has also provided technical assistance to other Tribal governments in building and enhancing their environmental management capacity regulations and policy. He is a past representative for EPA Region VIII Tribes on the National Tribal Operations Committee is a working Committee developed by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work on various issues concerning the Indian policy budget process and an Office of Indian Affairs that will be incorporated into the Agency's sufficient infrastructure. He has also served as the National Science Council EPA Region 8 Representative.
James Van Ness, Associate General Counsel Environment & Installations, Department of Defense
Mr. James Van Ness is an Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Deputy General Counsel (Environment & Installations) for the Department of Defense. In this capacity, he is responsible for advising the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment concerning a wide variety of environmental issues, including environmental planning, compliance, and restoration; natural resources conservation; cultural resources management; and American Indian and Alaska Native policy matters. Prior to his retirement from active duty, he served for 23 years as an active duty judge advocate in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Van Ness earned his B.S. in Distributed Studies from Iowa State University; his J.D. from the University of Iowa; and his LL.M. in Law and Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. He is a member of the