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Deborah A. Painte

Deborah-Painte.jpgDeborah A. Painte  Director, Native American Training Institute (NATI) – 3333 E. Broadway, Suite 1210, Bismarck, ND 58501  February 2009 - Current.
As Director, I provide overall direction, administrative oversight and fiscal management for an inter-tribal non-profit organization that provides training and technical assistance in the areas of historical trauma, cultural competency, System of Care, wraparound process, foster parent training,


and tribal child welfare training for human service agencies, systems and individuals working with Native American and First Nation children, youth and families in the US and Canada. These duties include contract negotiations; program planning & budgeting; updating personnel policy & procedures; working with the NATI board to include coordinating board meetings, presenting board reports & keeping board informed of NATI activities as appropriate; strategic planning; social marketing; and supervision of NATI staff. I provide technical assistance for System of Care development, state-tribal relationship building, meeting facilitation, logic model development, Institutional Review Board (IRB) development, IRB training, grant writing, strategic planning, community development, community engagement, implementation strategies, program development and culturally-competent services for Native American populations.  I also serve as the NATI lead for three partnership initiatives to improve child welfare services through the Children’s Bureau Training & Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network, including the Western Workforce Development in partnership with the University of Denver; the Mt. & Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC), in partnership with the University of TX, Center for CW and University of Denver, Butler Institute for Families; and the National Resource Center for Tribal Child Welfare in partnership with the Tribal Policy & Law Institute, the Indian Child & Family Resource Center and University of Denver Butler Institute for Families.  As NATI project lead, I provide organizational oversight for program evaluation,  contract negotiations, implementation & system change strategies, culturally competent tribal outreach, budget development, collaboration, and assist with work plan development and implementation.

Medicine Moon Initiative Project Director & NATI System of Care (SOC) Specialist – Native American Training Institute, 3333 E. Broadway, Suite 1210; Bismarck, ND 58501    October 2003 – Dec. 2009
Provided overall administration, supervision and oversight for the Medicine Moon Initiative (MMI), a five year child welfare infrastructure development and reform grant funded by the DHHS Children’s Bureau “Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through System of Care” initiative.  Developed a fiscal management process, administrative forms, and provided fiscal oversight for MMI budget, a $500,000 program budget.  Implemented a comprehensive strategic planning process for a child welfare led System of Care (SOC); assisted in the development of a local evaluation process for cultural competency and tribal child & family service review process, developed program logic model; assisted with implementation of a management information system for four tribal child welfare agencies; developed Memorandums of Agreements; developed contracts and secured technical assistance & training from external consultants to enhance child welfare services; provided consultation and guidance to tribal child welfare agencies and staff; provided IV-E child welfare financing technical assistance; developed financing strategies for ND tribal child welfare agencies; developed and drafted tribal IV-B Child & Family Service Plan, updated & drafted tribal Annual Progress & Services Report Plan for IV-B and worked collaboratively with key stakeholder agencies; and provided MMI program presentations.  As NATI SOC Specialist, provided numerous trainings and presentations across the United States and Canada on SOC and the wraparound process.  Provided extensive consultation on SOC implementation, wraparound training and program evaluation design to the Aboriginal Peoples Accord in British Columbia for the five regions of First Nation communities.

Sacred Child Project Director - United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND  58504                                September 98 – October 2003
Provided overall administration, supervision & oversight for a $1.3 million children's mental health demonstration project funded by DHHS SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services to develop a System of Care for tribal children with serious emotional needs on each of the four ND reservations.  Developed policies & procedures, Memorandum of Agreements, purchase of service contracts, and other miscellaneous administrative procedures.  In partnership with Native American Training Institute and tribal sites, developed and implemented wraparound process & System of Care training and certification process for Medicaid reimbursement for targeted case management for children’s mental health on each of the four ND reservations.  Provided national & local training, workshop presentations, and technical assistance to tribal sites regarding System of Care development and tribal wraparound process.  Also provided overall program & fiscal management, budgeting, strategic planning, grant writing, policy development & analysis, and leadership for sustainability efforts.  Supervised twenty-four employees and administered & managed a $1 million program budget.  In 2008, the First Nations Behavioral Health Alliance named it one of ten Effective Practices for Behavioral Health in Indian country.

Sacred Child Project Evaluator - United Tribes Technical College, Sacred Child Project, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND    58504                    January 98 - August 98

On-site evaluator for the Sacred Child Program.  Provided training & technical assistance to local tribal sites on the implementation of the mandated national evaluation; set up the local data collection process & protocols in partnership with the co-evaluator & data coordinators.  Conducted focus groups & provided focus group training to tribal service providers, assisted with the initial program implementation & start-up.  Reviewed national evaluation instruments for cultural competency; developed power-point presentations on evaluation issues, collected Native American socio-economic data from secondary sources, and assisted with overall project management.

Executive Director - ND Indian Affairs Commission, 600 E. Blvd. 1st Floor - Judicial Wing, ND State Capitol, Bismarck, ND 58501                    October 91 - December 97
Served as Cabinet member and Governor’s advisor on Indian affairs and state/tribal relationships.  Provided policy analysis & recommendations on a broad range of issues to include but not limited to human services, education, tourism, housing, economic development and labor/employment. Also drafted state legislation; provided testimony; facilitated state-tribal-federal relations; mediated state-tribal disputes; assisted with state-tribal negotiations for gaming, TANF, & State-Tribal Relations Accord; and advocated for Native American issues & individuals.  Facilitated state-tribal meetings; consensus building; problem-solving;  provided technical assistance and training to tribal staff on program planning, development, and grant writing; and the state & federal legislative process.  Provided cross-cultural awareness training for organizations working with Native American people, e.g.  history, culture. Indian Law, federal Indian policies & tribal sovereignty.  Organized, coordinated & initiated numerous forums, conferences and workshops to promote reservation community development and tribal self-determination.  Administered the statewide Native American Youth Alcohol Drug Education Program; wrote grants; reviewed state grant applications; served on numerous task forces & state committees to provide Native American perspective; and tracked state & federal legislation related to Native American issues.  Assisted with the establishment of the Tribal Children Services Coordinating Committees (tribal inter-agency planning bodies) and the Native American Training Institute (inter-tribal training body for children & family services).  Managed a $700,000 + budget and prepared state agency budget for the ND Indian Affairs Commission.  Assisted in writing and securing the Sacred Child Project, as System of Care cooperative agreement, funded by the DHS Center for Mental health Services.

Consultant Work:
Turtle Mountain Child Welfare & Family Services, Drafted & authored the 5 Year Child & Family Service Plan with input from the TM CWFS Director in May 2009.
DHS, ACF, Office of Family Assistance, Facilitated Tribal TANF-CW Coordination grantee meetings and provided individual technical assistance to three grantees on System of Care, wraparound,  strategic planning, employee development issues in Indian country, historical trauma or as specified by site in Jan. 2008 and May 2009.


Medicine Lodge Confederacy – Developed non-profit By-laws, Articles of Incorporation and   secured a 501 3(c) Non-Profit organization status in collaboration with colleague.
National Center for Children in Poverty – Assisted in identifying successful strategies for inclusion in a study “Unclaimed Children Revisited” regarding children who have experienced trauma at a convening of Roundtable of professionals who have work with child populations experiencing trauma.  The study included two of the programs which I formerly directed, the Medicine Moon Initiative and the Sacred Child Project in October 2007.
DHHS, Children’s Bureau – Presenter & consultant on System of Care in Tribal Communities 2007-08

Three Affiliated Tribes Circle of Life Alcohol Program, Project Northland – Served as the external project evaluator for a two year Youth Alcohol Prevention project.
Sitting Bull College, SR Vocational Rehabilitation Program – Assisted in exploring sustainability options, including Medicaid reimbursement for VR program in 2008.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Wrote the SR Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant that was a successful grant in the amount of $900,000 over a three year period.  Assisted in the development of the SRST Suicide Task Force and securing emergency ND suicide prevention funds in 2004.

National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland, OR  Provided wraparound process and System of Care training and presentations at various conferences and tribal sites as requested.
Casey Family Program, Denver, CO – Assisted the Three Affiliated Tribes Social Services in the development of their Five Year Child & Family Service Plan and Child Welfare Finance Handbook on IV-E and Medicaid in September and October 2003.
Native American Training Institute, Bismarck, ND - Wraparound trainer – Community Wraparound training for an association of First Nation Children & Family Services organizations in Sault St. Marie, Ontario – April 2002;  Research Consultant and Co-author of study, “Indian Child Welfare Act: A Pilot Study of Compliance in North Dakota – Oct. – December 2001; Wraparound Trainer – Community Wraparound Training at Pine Ridge Reservation, SD -  May 2001
Vroon & Vandenburg Associates, Denver, CO – Evaluator – Subcontract with State of MT to evaluate Child Welfare Waiver on Relative Care – April – May 2001
SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, Rockville, MD – System of Care Consultant – Presentation of Basics of System of Care, CMHS Circle of Care new tribal grantees, Denver, CO – January 2002
Nagi Kicopi, Porcupine, SD – Wraparound Trainer – System of Care & wraparound training – February 2002
Legal Services of North Dakota – Community Affairs Consultant- Editor, ND Indian Law Update  Sept –Dec 88
Three Affiliated Tribes Head Start Program – Provided staff development & supervisor training for Head Start Staff in June 1987

Professional Skills, Abilities & Memberships

Public budgeting, fiscal management, fund accounting, contract & grant administration, grant writing, basic research & evaluation, marketing, public relations, cross-cultural relations, personnel , human service financing, management, organization & coordination skills, communications, training, project management, implementation strategies, community development, strategic planning, negotiation, mediation, and supervisory skills.  Keynote and Workshop Presentations provided at numerous conferences in the US and Canada. Past Board member for the First Nations Behavioral Health Alliance; former Committee member for United Way Special Projects; former Board of Directors member for Med Center One Hospital; former NATI Board of Directors founding member; and former Board Chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum.

Montana State University; Bozeman, MT; Educational Leadership doctoral coursework, 1991 - 92
Montana State University; Bozeman, MT; Master of Public Administration - August 1992
Central Oklahoma University; Edmond, OK; Bachelor of Business Administration - Mgmt.  August 1984

Deron Marquez – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Deron Marquez served as chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from 1999 through April, 2006.

In addition to leading the seven-member San Manuel Business Committee, Mr. Marquez was instrumental in designing and directing a forward looking agenda of social, economic and governance development for the tribal government and community.

Dr. Alfred Balitzer – Senior Fellow

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Dr. Alfred Balitzer recently retired from a distinguished 35-year academic career at Claremont McKenna College where he taught American government, political philosophy and U.S.-Asian relations.  Currently, he is a Member of the Board of Trustees and Senior Fellow at Claremont Graduate University.  From 2004-2006, he served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the California Policy Institute at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Jeffrey Decker

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Ph.D., ’96 Claremont Graduate University
Professor, Biola University

Dr. Jeffery Decker has taught for almost 20 years, the last five of which have been at Biola University where is currently serves as a professor and chair of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.  He has also taught at the Claremont Graduate University,

Dr. Ralph A. Rossum

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Dr. Ralph A. Rossum is the Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Henry Salvatori Professor of American Constitutionalism at Claremont McKenna College. He is also a member of the faculty of Claremont Graduate University.

Mr. Rossum earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the author

Dr. Kate Spilde

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Dr. Kate Spilde is an Associate Professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she also serves as Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming. In her role as Sycuan Chair, Dr. Spilde is responsible for managing the nation’s first four-year degree program in tribal gaming.

Dr. Michael M. Uhlmann


Dr. Michael M. Uhlmann is currently Visiting Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and Policy at Claremont Graduate University and Claremont McKenna College.

Prior to teaching at Claremont, Dr. Uhlmann was a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center,

Dr. David E. Wilkins

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Professor of American Indian Studies, Political Science, Law and American Studies
University of Minnesota

Dr. David E. Wilkins is the McKnight Presidential Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He holds adjunct appointments in Political Science, Law, and American Studies.

Dr. Eddie F. Brown

Dr. Eddie F. Brown has a unique administrative background in that he has worked at the highest administrative levels with tribal, state, and federal governments.  He is the former Director of Arizona Department of Economic Security (1987-1989); Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, United States Department of Interior, Washington, DC (1988-1993);

Dr. Richard Witmer

Richard-Witmer.jpgDr. Richard Witmer is Assistant Professor of Political Science
Creighton University
Dr. Witmer, joined the political science faculty at Creighton in 2004.  Dr. Witmer received his M.A. (1994) and PhD (1999) in political science from the University of Arizona.

Professor Alan Parker


Alan Parker is the Director of the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute at The Evergreen State College where he also has served as a member of the faculty since September of 1997. A citizen of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Nation, Parker lived for many years with his family on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation in Montana.


Professor Erich Steinman

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College

Erich Steinman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
His research and publications in a variety of social science journals address the American Indian sovereignty movement,

Professor Robert Miller

Robert-Miller.jpgRobert J. Miller is a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. 

He graduated from Lewis & Clark in 1991 and then clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He has taught and practiced Indian law since 1993.

Little Fawn Boland

Little Fawn BolanLittle Fawn Boland is the founder and sole practitioner of  LFB Legal, PC, offering comprehensive general counsel services to tribal governments and tribal entities.

She is experienced in multiple practice areas including litigation, tribal administrative and transactional law.

Shelia Morago

Sheila-Morago.jpgShelia Morago Executive Director AIGA

Sheila Morago is the Executive Director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA).She is a member of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona.


Carole Goldberg

Carole-Goldberg.jpgJonathan D. Varat Professor of Law UCLA American Indian Studies Program

Carole Goldberg teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Indian Law, Tribal Legal Systems, the Tribal Legal Development Clinic, and the Tribal Appellate Court Clinic. The two clinics render legal services to Indian tribes and Indian judicial systems.  

Robert Warrior

Norm-King.pngRobert Warrior is Director, American Indian Studies, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor, American Indian Studies & English, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As Director of American Indian Studies and the Native American House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is a professor of American Indian Studies and English.

Duane Champagne

Duane-Champagne.jpgDuane Champagne is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from North Dakota.  He is Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies, a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center, Senior Editor

Edward Charles Valandra

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Edward Charles Valandra is Associate Professor & Department Chair American Indian Studies Dept. University of South Dakota
Edward  is Sicangu Lakota, born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation.

Bradley Bledsoe Downes


Founding member and Managing Partner, Bledsoe Downes & Rosier, PC

Attorney At Law
Bledsoe Downes & Rosier, PC
Bradley Bledsoe Downes is a founding member and Managing Partner of Bledsoe Downes & Rosier, PC since January 2006.


Norm King

Norm-King.pngChairman, International City/County Management Association Retirement Corp.
Former Executive Director, Sand Bernardino Associated Governments,1996-2005

Norm King brings more than 30 years’ experience in all levels of local government.

Susan A. Ehrlich, J.D., LL.M.

Susan-Ehrlich.jpgSusan A. Ehrlich, J.D., LL.M. 

Susan A. Ehrlich is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A.) and Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., LL.M. – biotechnology and genomics).  She clerked for the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court


Deborah A. Painte

Deborah-Painte.jpgDeborah A. Painte  Director, Native American Training Institute (NATI) – 3333 E. Broadway, Suite 1210, Bismarck, ND 58501  February 2009 - Current.
As Director, I provide overall direction, administrative oversight and fiscal management for an inter-tribal non-profit organization that provides training and technical assistance in the areas of historical trauma, cultural competency, System of Care, wraparound process, foster parent training,


Tracy Burris

Tracy-Burris.jpgTracy Burris for more than a decade, Tracy Burris has been honored to participate in the success of Indian gaming both nationally and locally through his service with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA).

Mr. Burris has served on the NIGA Executive Committee since 1995 and served as its Treasurer from 2006 to 2008. He also was a longtime board member of the OIGA,

Mark A. Jarboe


Retired Partner Dorsey & Whitney LLP  Mark A. Jarboe recently retired from the practice of law after a legal career spanning 34 years.  He was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota and served as the head of the firm's Indian Law Practice Group.

In over 25 years of practice in Indian Country he represented Indian tribal governments, tribal businesses and financial and other entities

Peggi Hazlett

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Peggi Hazlett has over a decade of experience in public administration.  Her expertise and interest has included a wide range of fields from business owner, consultant, public relations, event planner, school administrator, and educator. 

Her position as the Assistant to the Mayor began under former San Bernardino Mayor

Michelle LaPena, B.A.

Michelle-LaPena.jpgMichelle L. LaPena is experienced in tribal legal matters including tribal gaming operations and regulation, cultural resource protection, Indian child welfare, tribal taxation, administrative law and general civil litigation involving tribal governments.

She is extensively involved in developing statewide policy on tribal taxation, gaming regulation and cultural resource protection.

Jonathan Taylor, MPP

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Master in Public Policy, Harvard University (1992)
Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University (1986)

Jonathan Taylor, MPP is an economist with expertise in natural resources, gaming, and American Indian development. He provides counsel to tribes and bands in the United States and Canada consisting of public policy analysis, strategic advice,

Rod Wilson, M.A.


As President and CEO of Pacific Research & Strategies, Inc. (PRSI), Rod Wilson, M.A. brings more than two decades of hands-on experience in developing political and public relations strategies for clients worldwide. His vision and determination are the hallmarks of PRSI's tradition of excellence.

He is a recognized expert in public, media and community relations,

Ted Gover, ABD

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Ted Gover, ABD is Associate Director of the Tribal Administration Certificate Program at Claremont Graduate University, which provides instruction and training to the employees of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in the areas of tribal law, management, economic development and intergovernmental relations. 

He is Director of Public Affairs of Pacific Research & Strategies, Inc.,