Our Commissioners


Walter Lamar, Chairperson

Commissioner Walter Lamar is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and a descendent of the Wichita Tribe of Oklahoma.  His storied law enforcement career included 19 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served as a Special Agent/Supervisory Special Agent until 2000.  Upon his departure from the FBI, he was appointed U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Law Enforcement Services.  In 2001,  Commissioner Lamar was appointed DOI Senior Advisor to the Director-Office of Law Enforcement and Security to ensure protection of the Nation’s dams, monuments, and icons.  Upon his 2005 retirement he founded Lamar Associates, a consulting firm he continues to manage that focuses on Indian Country safety and security.  In 2015, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Director Pentagon Force Protection Agency.  Commissioner Lamar has received numerous awards over the years, including two FBI Shields of Bravery, Anadarko American Indian Exposition American Indian of the Year in 1998, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Distinguished Alumni in 2008, and National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development American Indian Business Owner of the Year in 2012.  He also served on the Board of Directors for the Native Forward Scholars Fund, as well as the President of the Board of Directors for the National Native American Hall of Fame. 

Jordan Ann Craig, Vice Chairperson

Commissioner Jordan Ann Craig is a Northern Cheyenne artist living and working in Pojoaque Valley, New Mexico. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received her B.A. from Dartmouth College.

In 2017, Commissioner Craig was awarded the H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship as well as the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research SAR). In 2019, she was awarded artist residencies at the Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) Program. Her work is shown nationally and internationally. Currently, Commissioner Jordan is painting in Northern New Mexico.

Jamie Okuma, Commissioner

Commissioner Jamie Okuma is Luiseno, Shoshone-Bannock, Wailaki, and Okinawan who is also an enrolled member of the La Jolla band of Indians in Southern California where she lives and works. She specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces that are hand-executed exclusively by the artist herself in all details of process, while also designing ready to wear fashions. 

As early as Commissioner Okuma can remember her life has been in the art world in one way or another. 

After high school Commissioner Okuma took graphic design classes at Palomar college in San Marcos, California before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

From the age of 18 she has been a professional artist completely devoted to her art. Exhibiting her work at the Heard Indian Art Market in Phoenix, Arizona and at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has garnered a total of seven Best in Show awards. Four from the Heard, and three from the Santa Fe Indian Market. One of only two artists to achieve this distinction. 

Since that time her work has been shown in Germany, Australia, France and many art institutions and museums throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

Commissioner Okuma has work in the permanent collections of The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.






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