Deer has specialized in victim rights and advocacy,and authored an Amnesty International report titled “Maze of Injustice:The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA.” For 15 years, she advised for reform to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that passed in 2013, which allows tribes to press charges against non-tribal members who inflict violence against native women while on tribal land.
Deer has discussed domestic violence on reservations and VAWA in reports by Laura Sullivan and Hansi Lo Wang. She has also been on Minnesota Public Radio, PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera and MSNBC.
Assistant Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law
Areas of Expertise: Tribal Law, Domestic Assault and Sexual Violence, Victim Rights, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Former FBI agent Walter Lamar is a federal law enforcement specialist. He has served as Deputy Director to the the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Law Enforcement, and Senior Adviser to the Department of the Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.
In his 19 years as an FBI agent, Lamar received the FBI Shield of Bravery twice, and worked on high profile cases such as the Zodiac Killer, the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing, and the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas.
In the past, Lamar has been an overseer to the Tribal Juvenile Alternatives to Detention report to Congress. He is a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and descendant of the Wichita Tribe of Oklahoma.
Lamar is the founder and President of Lamar Associates LLC, a security consulting firm that provides professional services for emergency preparedness, risk management, drug/gang awareness and prevention, and law enforcement training attuned to Native American tribal communities and organizations.
Columnist Mark Trahant has over 30 years of experience in journalism, editing and reporting on a wide range of topics, as well as specializing in Indian Country news. He’s a former President of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and is the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
In the past he’s been the Chairman of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a columnist for The Seattle Times, an editor and publisher at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, an executive news editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, and a reporter at the Arizona Republic. He was a Kaiser Media Fellow in 2009 and 2010, writing about health care reform focused on existing programs such as the Indian Health Service (IHS).
His work recently appeared on the PBS series Frontline, in a story called “The Silence”, about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska. He also keeps a blog at trahantreports.org.
Trahant is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Columnist and Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage
Areas of Expertise: Native American & Alaska Native news and policy, Health Policy, Affordable Care Act in Indian Country, Journalism
Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor and Professor of History, American Culture, Native American Studies and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan
Areas ofExpertise: History, American History, Native American Issues, African American Studies, Interrelationship Between Native Americans and African Americans, Women’s Issues
Van Alst has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition Sunday, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Native American Calling, Smithsonian Magazine and Al Jazeera America for his expertise in Native American culture.
Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Montana
Areas of Expertise: Native American History and Culture
Patty Loew is a journalism professor and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. As a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, she focuses primarily on indigenous rights, sovereignty and the role of Native media.
Loew is a former broadcast journalist and has produced numerous documentaries and pieces for public and commercial television examining Native issues and culture. Her award-winning documentary Way of the Warrior premiered nationally on PBS in 2007.
Journalism professor and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University
Areas of Expertise: Ojibwe Treaty Rights, Indigenous Sovereignty, Role of Native Media in Communication Indigenous World Views, Social Media, Indigenous Cultural Expression
Jacqueline Pata is executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest tribal government organization in the United States. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she worked to provide affordable housing for Native Americans.
Pata is a member of the Raven/Sockeye clan of the Tlingit (KLING-get) Tribe and the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Areas of Expertise: Native American Issues, Tribal Government, Homeownership & Housing Policy
Location: Washington, DC
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