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List of DOL-WIA Funded Federally Recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Entities Participating in Public Law 102-477




Region 1

Mr. Darrell Waldron
Executive Director
Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc.
807 Broad Stree
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 2

Chief G. Anne Richardson
Mattaponi-Pamunkey-Monacan, Inc.
5036 Indian Neck Road
Indian Neck, Virginia 23148
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016


Region 3

Mr. Elkton Richardson
WIA Program Director
North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
1317 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1317
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 3

Mr. James Hardin
Executive Director
Lumbee Regional Development Association, Inc.
636 Prospect Road, P.O. Box 68
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 4

Ms. Kim Carroll
Grants Compliance Director
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465
Term: April 2, 2014 - June 1, 2016


Region 4

Dr. Rodney Stapp, MD
Executive Director
Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas
209 E. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75203-2690
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 5

Ms. Christine Molle
Executive Director
American Indian Council
310 Armour Road- Suite 205
North Kansas City, Missouri 64116
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Lorenda T. Sanchez
Executive Director
California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc.
738 N. Market Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95834
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Roselyn Shirley
Navajo Nation
P.O. Box 1889
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Kristen English
Chief Operating Officer
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
4840 Haru Lane
Anchorage, Alaska 99517
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Julia Davis-Wheeler
Later in Life Advocate
Nez Perce Tribe-Social Services
P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, Idaho 53540
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016



Ms. Carla Bowlan
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 1498
Wewoka, Oklahoma 74884
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016



Ms. Winona Whitman
Director, Department of Employment and Training
Alu Like, Inc.
458 Keawe Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016


Other Discipline Members:


Mr. Jacob Bernal
Executive Director
American Indian Association of Tucson
97 E. Congress- Suite 101
Tucson, Arizona 85702
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016

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Dr. David Yarlott
Little Big Horn College
8645 S. Weaver Drive
P.O. Box 370
Crow Agency, Montana 59022
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016



Mr. Michael Hunter
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
3101 Redemeyer Road
Ukiah, California 95482
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016

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Dr. David Gipp
1364 14th Street SE
Mandan, North Dakota 58554
Term: November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2016



Mr. Darrell Waldron

Mr. Waldron is re-appointed to represent Region I (Boston) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is a Narragansett/Wampanoag. He has experience in several training and employment related positions in the Providence, Rhode Island area. Besides his directorship of the Rhode Island Indian Council, he is founder and President of the American Indian Community Development Corporation, with its mission to implement economic development strategies for the Rhode Island Indian Council. He is a past Vocational Skills Instructor for the SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., which provided skills training for Indian youth and adults in Providence. He is a member of the Steering Committee, American Indian Health Care Association, and the Minority Health Program Advisory Board.

Ms. G. Anne Richardson

Ms. Richardson is newly appointed to represent Region II (Philadelphia). She descends from a long line of Rappahannock Chiefs. She has been a grassroots organizer since 1988 and participated in the formation of the United Indians of Virginia (UIV), an intertribal group comprised of tribal leaders representing seven of Virginia's recognized Tribes. She has a degree in business and has extensive experience in community and economic development. She served as the Executive Director of the Mattaponi-Pamunkey-Monacan, Inc., from 1991-1994 and has recently been rehired as the Executive Director. Ms. Richardson previously served on the Native American Employment and Training Council for the Department of Labor as its Chairperson and served as a member of the Virginia Board on Aging.

Mr. Elkton Richardson

Mr. Richardson is re-appointed to represent Region III (Atlanta) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe in North Carolina. He was an original appointee to the Council on July 1, 1993, and was also a member of the former JTPA, Native American Programs' Advisory Committee. He has served as Project Director for the North Carolina Commission for the past several years with the responsibility for managing the JTPA and WIA grants for 59 counties in North Carolina. Mr. Richardson has served as the Vice President of the Southeastern Indian Manpower Planners and Administrators Association.

Mr. James Hardin

Mr. Hardin is newly appointed to represent Region III (Atlanta) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is a member of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina. Mr. Hardin has been involved with and administered the employment and training programs for the Lumbee Regional Development Association, Inc. (LRDA) since 1978 and has a wealth of knowledge in matters relating to job growth, training, economic development, and job creation. He has served as Executive Director of LRDA since 2007. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Tribal Administrator or the Lumbee Tribe and Executive Director of the North Carolina Economic Development Initiative. He has a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Ms. Kim Carroll

Ms. Carroll is re-appointed to represent Region IV (Dallas) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and grew up in Southeastern Oklahoma. She has been employed with the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, for the last 20 years, most of the time working with the Cherokee Nation's employment and training programs. She has served on many workgroups on employment and training issues, including as Secretary of the Oklahoma Tribal Grantees Group. She is currently the Secretary of the Public Law 102-477 Tribal Work Group.

Ms. Carroll actively participates with the National Congress of American Indians and has served on its election and resolutions committees. She has completed the Tahlequah Leadership Program, which is sponsored by the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Citizen's Academy, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma Community Institute. She has also served as a field reader for the Department of Education.

In her current position, Ms. Carroll is responsible for compliance and reporting for the Career Services Group, which administers the WIA programs. She supervises the Central Records, Data Entry, Intake, and Compliance offices. She is also the Project Director for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program under the Department of Education.

Dr. Rodney Stapp, MD

Dr. Stapp is re-appointed to represent Region IV (Dallas) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. Dr. Stapp is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in Biology and Chemistry and was the Chair of the Native American Alliance student organization. He was accepted into medical school in 1993, attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating in 1997 with his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). He completed his residencies at Peninsula Hospital and Governor Hospital, both in New York City, New York.

Dr. Stapp has simultaneously established a strong and varied track record in the fields of both management and medicine. He previously served as an Account Executive for AT&T for 9 years and served effectively in the telecommunications industry. Dr. Stapp more recently dedicated a full 1 ½ years of pro bono services as a Podiatrist to the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas, assisting American Indians with diabetes. He was also a consulting podiatrist with NIKE on the NIKE Air Native N7 shoe, which was recently rolled out.

Dr. Stapp currently serves as the Clinic Director for the Dallas Urban Indian Health Center. He also serves as Chair of the Texas American Indian Information Resource Network, a collaboration of the three federally-recognized Texas tribes and numerous Indian organizations across the State. This organization is charged by the Governor's Task Force on Health Disparities, "to address and overcome health disparities suffered by American Indians in the State of Texas."

Ms. Christine Molle

Ms. Molle is re-appointed to serve as a representative from Region V (Chicago) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She began at the American Indian Council (AIC) in 1981, and has been the Executive Director for the past 20 years. Since beginning her employment with AIC, Ms. Molle has held various positions of increasing responsibility including, Bookkeeper, Payroll Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Program Director, and currently, Executive Director.

The AIC is responsible for operations at seven employment and training offices located in Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. In these locations, AIC administers adult WIA programs and a youth grant for the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Tama, Iowa. As the Executive Director of AIC, Ms. Molle coordinates information and policies and works with Indian grantees through-out the Region V Midwest service area to implement them. She confers with private industry and other organizations to develop opportunities, assess needs, provide services to clients, and promote AIC goals.

She also recommends new policies and procedures to the AIC Board, as needed, and directs and monitors the allocation of funds and cash management for AIC. She is a member of several professional organizations including: Co-founder and Board Member of the Native American Heartland Cancer Network; Member, Board of Directors, Workforce Investment State Grant for the Full Employment Council of Greater Kansas City; and Member, Site Board Decision Making Team.

She participates on the Support Group for Parents with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Ms. Lorenda Sanchez

Ms. Sanchez is re-appointed to serve as one of the representatives from Region VI (San Francisco) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Northern Paiute Tribe of Nevada and has dedicated over 30 years to the administration of Indian job training programs. Ms. Sanchez began her distinguished career in 1972 with the Public Employment Program Neighborhood Youth Corps and Operation Mainstream programs. She continued through the CETA and JTPA programs to the current WIA program. Her involvement in the local community includes work on the Minority AIDS Advisory Committee, San Juan Unified School District Design Team, and Advisor for the California Indian Youth Leadership Council. Ms. Sanchez has served as the Executive Director of CIMC, Inc., since 1977 and has been an active member of numerous local, State, and regional boards and organizations. She currently serves as the Chairperson for the INA Advisory Council.

Ms. Roselyn Shirley

Ms. Shirley is re-appointed to represent Region VI (San Francisco) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Navajo Nation. Ms. Shirley is the Navajo Nation's Department of Workforce Development's WIA Program Manager and has served in this capacity for the past 8 years. Her duties include oversight of 5 agency offices in the States of Arizona and New Mexico, with one field office in the State of Utah. Previously, she has served as the program's Management and Information System Unit Supervisor in addition to various levels of experience with the Navajo Nation's former Job Training Partnership Act and Comprehensive Employment and Training Act programs spanning over 30 years.

Ms. Shirley recently served as the Chairperson of the 33rd National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference (NINAETC) and has served several terms as the Executive Secretary for the NINAETC for previous conferences.

Ms. Shirley is actively involved in many workforce system capacities since her Department also administers State WIA, Title I-B programs, including the Dislocated Workers program, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Native Employment Works program, in addition to the WIA, Section 166 programs. She actively participates with the State of Arizona's Association of Workforce Developers, a consortium of state Local Workforce Investment Area professionals advocating for the state service delivery and One Stop systems.

Ms. Kristin English

Ms. English is newly appointed to represent Region VI (San Francisco) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is Tlingit and Aleut, born in Haines, Alaska, and has lived in Anchorage most of her life. Ms. English serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), one of the nation's preeminent culturally responsive social service organizations helping to improve the lives of more than 10,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people residing in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska annually. CITC's array of support services includes education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction, substance abuse, and/or incarceration.

As the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. English is responsible for operations and oversight of all CITC's programs and personnel and she helps develop the strategic and long range planning goals of the organization. She has served in the capacity since 2008. Prior to this, she served as program director for CITC's Educational Services before becoming Vice-President of Administration and Human Resources. She brings more than 23 years of financial, compensation, planning, human resources, and program experience to her position at CITC. Prior to joining CITC, she was the Director of Human Resources Services for Conoco Phillips.

Ms. English has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Julia Davis-Wheeler

Ms. Davis-Wheeler is re-appointed to serve as one of the representatives from Region VI (San Francisco). She was born and raised on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho and is a member of the tribe. Her life's experiences have made her a strong advocate for alcohol/substance abuse prevention, social services and health disparity issues, and community involvement. She has served as Vice-Chairperson of the Nez Perce Tribal Council. She previously served on the Tribal Executive Committee in 1988. In this role, she is also the Chairperson of the Human Resources Subcommittee, which has oversight of many of the Tribe's community-related programs. In her terms of service, she has gained extensive experience in the area of Tribal consultation and what it means to Tribes and Tribal organizations. She has actively participated on national and state level initiatives for Indian Country. One example includes her work with the Idaho Congressional Delegation, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services, seven Tribal governments, and the Department of Health and Human Services to acquire land and construction services to construct the North-west Portland Regional Youth Treatment Center, or Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations. She also initiated the re-development of the National Indian Health Board, with the support of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and California Rural Indian Health Board, to serve as the advisory committee to the Director of Indian Health Services on matters regarding budgets, methodologies on Contract Health and Support funding, and various health issues involving Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, and Urban health issues affecting Native Americans. She has served as Chairperson of the National Indian Health Board.

Ms. Carla Bowlan

Ms. Bowlan is appointed as a representative of the Oklahoma Region on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is Choctaw/Chickasaw and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Bowlan is a graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and currently serves as the WIA, Section 166 Program Director for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma administering the adult and youth programs.

Prior to working for the Seminole Nation, she worked for the East Central Workforce Investment Board in Central Oklahoma as a Case manager and One-Stop Operator. She has also worked for the Wichita, Caddo and Delaware tribes for the Woman, Infant, and Children program, as the Nutrition Coordinator counseling Native American mothers and families on health and nutrition.

As Director for the WIA Program for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Carla is involved on a daily basis working with the Native American Indians residing within the Seminole Nation Jurisdiction of one county and most recently covering a five county area for Department of Labor's National Emergency Grant for Dislocated Workers.

Carla is currently serving as the Assistant Chairperson of the Oklahoma Employment Advisory Council, which consists of all of the Native American Programs in Oklahoma receiving WIA funding. This Advisory Council is responsible for coordinating efforts and sharing of best practices within the Native American Tribes in Oklahoma. One of the major efforts of this council is coordinating and providing a one day Youth Leadership Conference in central Oklahoma focusing on the unique needs of the Native American youth in Oklahoma.

Ms. Winona Whitman (Hawaiian Representative)

Ms. Whitman currently serves as the Hawaiian representative on the Council. She is a Hawaiian Native. She has been a member of the Native American Employment and Training Council since its inception in July 1993. She has also served as a member of the Council's predecessor and the JTPA Native American Programs' Advisory Committee since its inception in October 1989. Ms. Whitman has served as the administrator of the former JTPA grant for Alu Like, Inc., since 1979 and continues to serve as the Director for the WIA Program. She has a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Business Education from Morehead State University (Kentucky). She has extensive experience in the field of vocational education, both in curriculum development and classroom instruction.

Mr. Jacob Bernal

Mr. Bernal is re-appointed as an Other Discipline representative on the Native American Employment and Training Council. Mr. Bernal is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker, Arizona and is the Executive Director of the American Indian Association of Tucson, Inc. He has over 22 years experience in the employment and training field with the Tucson Indian Center, serving the Indian urban population in the Tucson area.

Mr. Bernal is a current member of the Pima County Workforce Investment Board and is the Treasurer for the National Council of Urban Indian Health. He has served as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Affiliation of Arizona Indian Centers, a consortium of Arizona urban Indian Centers.

Mr. Bernal has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and in General Studies from the University of Arizona.

David Yarlott, Jr., Ed.D

Dr. Yarlott is nominated to serve as an Other Discipline representative. He is a member of the Crow Nation in Montana. He is the current President of the Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana. Prior to his appointment, he served in several capacities at the College, including as the Dean of Academic Affairs, Department Head of Business, Business Instructor, and Curriculum Development Coordinator. He received his Doctorate of Education, Master of Science degree in Business Education, and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Montana State University- Bozeman.

Dr. Yarlott is currently appointed by the Governor of Montana to the Montana Correctional Enterprise Advisory Committee. He also currently serves as the Executive Officer At-Large on the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Board of Directors. Past memberships include appointments to the American Indian College Fund Board of Directors, National Indian Education Association, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges Policy Board of Directors, and the National Business Education Association.

Mr. Michael Hunter

Mr. Hunter is newly appointed to serve as an Other Discipline representative on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is the Chairman of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, a Federally-recognized sovereign tribal nation, located in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California. He is also the Chief Executive Officer for the Coyote Valley Casino and Coyote Valley Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Hunter was also an elected member of the tribal council from 1995-2004, the youngest elected official in the tribe's history.

Mr. Hunter is involved with his tribal traditions and culture, mentors the tribal youth, and is an emerging leader with the National Congress of American Indians. He has been engaged with the California National Indian Gaming Association was recently recognized by the National Indian Athletic Association with their 2014 Leadership Award.

Mr. Hunter's past experience includes serving as General Manager of the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino and the Red Fox Casino, both based in California, and as a consultant with Tribal Nations Consulting, which is an organization promoting businesses in Indian Country. He is also a past participant of the Indian and Native American employment and training youth and adult programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dr. David Gipp

Dr. Gipp is re-appointed as an Other Discipline representative on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Dr. Gipp has over 30 years of expertise in the field of education.

He was born in Fort Yates and was educated at the University of North Dakota (1969) and holds a Doctorate in Law and Honorius Causa from North Dakota State University (1991) for his contributions in developing tribal higher education. He has been the recipient of various national and community awards.

His professional work has been principally in the development of tribal colleges since 1972. He was instrumental in developing the first national legislation which assists "tribally controlled community colleges." He has an extensive background in vocational and higher education.

He is the President of the United Tribes Technical College. He has been President since May 2, 1977. He worked with and served on the board of the United Tribes of North Dakota during its founding days in 1969-1972.

President Gipp is the past Executive Director (1973-1977) and President of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (1978-1980, 1991-1993, and 1999-2000) and past Chairman of the American Indian College Fund (2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005). He is the current Chairman of the INMED Advisory Council, University of North Dakota.

He was appointed by the former Governor of North Dakota, John Hoeven, to the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, the North Dakota State Commission on National and Community Service, and the North Dakota Quarter Design Selection Process Commission. He was an appointed delegate to the Secretary of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Advisory Council on the Workforce Investment Act (1997-2004). He has been the advisor for the Great Plains tribes on the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Tribal Budget Advisory Council for seven years (2000-2007).

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