Dr. Manley A. Begay, Jr. is both director of the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and senior lecturer/associate social scientist in the American Indian Studies Program at The University of Arizona. He teaches courses on nation-building, curriculum development, and Indigenous education. He is also co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Lance Morgan, a citizen of the Winnebago Tribe, is CEO and one of the initial founders of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Ho-Chunk, Inc., won the Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations (Honoring Nations) award from Harvard University in 2000 and the Innovations in American Government Award in 2001.
John “Rocky” Barrett has served as Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman since 1985. He has served the tribe as an elected official for over 25 years, beginning with his first elected position as Vice Chairman in 1971. He is also president of Barrett Drilling Company, an independent oil and gas production company, and Barrett Land and Cattle Company, a registered Angus cattle ranch.
Vine Deloria, Jr, prominent author and seminarian, published his first of more than twenty books, entitled Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, in 1969. In it, Deloria addressed Indian stereotypes and challenged white audiences to take a new look at the history of American western expansionism. The American Anthropological Association sponsored a panel in response to Custer Died for Your Sins.