The DOI Self-Governance Advisory Committee (SGAC) membership consists of a Primary and an Alternate representative from each of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regions that have Self-Governance Tribes. The Primary and Alternate SGAC members from each region also select two persons to serve as Official Members of the SGAC Technical Workgroup. Below is a listing of the current SGAC and Technical Workgroup members.
Primary: Robert Keith, Chairman of the Board, Kawerak, Inc.
Alternate: William Micklin, 1st Vice President, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Bruce Baltar, Bristol Bay Native Association
Martha Whitman-Kassock, Association of Village Council Presidents
John Bioff, Kawerak, Inc.
Primary: Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Chairwoman, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
Alternate: Kitcki Carroll, USET
Elizabeth Malerba, United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.
Primary: Karen Ketcher proxy for Bill John Baker, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation
Alternate: Mickey Peercy proxy for Gary Batton, Chief, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Melanie Fourkiller, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Rhonda Farrimond, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Primary: Annette Johnson, Treasurer, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Alternate: Jane Rohl, Tribal Council Secretary, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
John Mojica, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Dave Conner, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Jay Sam, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Primary: W. Ron Allen, Tribal Chairman/CEO, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, SGAC Chairman
Alternate: Tyson Johnston, Vice President, Quinault Indian Nation
Jennifer McLaughlin, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Tribal Technical Workgroup Co-Chair
Eugena R. Hobucket, Quinault Indian Nation
Primary: Ryan Jackson, Chairman, Hoopa Valley Tribe
Alternate: Scott Sullivan, Council Secretary, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation (formerly known as Smith River Rancheria)
Danny Jordan, Self-Governance Coordinator, Hoopa Valley Tribe
Briannon Fraley, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
Primary: Beau Mitchell, Council Member, Chippewa Cree Tribe
Ruth Swaney, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Primary: Rhonda Butcher proxy for John Barrett, Jr., Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Alternate: Kay Rhoads, Principal Chief, Sac and Fox Nation
Kasie Nichols, Citizen Band of Potawatomi Nation
Primary: Ruben A. Romero, Governor, Taos Pueblo
Shawn Duran, Tribal Administrator, Taos Pueblo, SGAC Vice Chairwoman
Alternate: Chris Gomez, Lt. Governor, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
Clyde M. Romero, Jr., Taos Pueblo
Linda Austin, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
Primary: Delia M. Carlyle, Councilmember, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Robert Scabby, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community
Karen Fierro, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Vacancy in your region?
Self-Governance Tribes in each region establish a process to nominate two Tribal representatives to serve on the SGAC (the BIA Regional Director may help facilitate the nomination process if the Tribes prefer). Nominations to the committee should be mailed to the Chairperson of SGAC c/0 Office of Self-Governance Communication & Education and copied to the Director of the Office of Self-Governance and at the addresses below.
A sample nomination letter can be downloaded below.
Self-Governance Communication & Education
PO Box 1734
McAlester, OK 74502
The Office of Self-Governance
U.S. Department of the Interior
1951 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20240