New Trustees Appointed to IAIA Board

Institute of American Indian Arts

Published February 12, 2017

SANTA FE – The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals as new Trustees of the school:

  • Ann Marie Downes
  • Charles W. Galbraith
  • Beverly Wright Morris
  • Lawrence Roberts
  • Andrea Sanders
  • C. Matthew Snipp

Ann Marie Downes (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), served in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s assistant secretary’s office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). She is the former executive director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Downes served as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development, under Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn. In this role, she oversaw the Office of Self-Governance and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. She was also a part of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The council established a national policy to ensure that the federal government engages in a government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes in a more coordinated and effective manner. Downes previously served as policy advisor for Tribal Affairs under former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano before joining the Indian Legal Program at ASU. Downes is a licensed attorney in California and earned her JD from the ASU College of Law in 1994.

Charles Galbraith (Navajo Nation), is a member of Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP in Washington DC, focusing his practice on litigation and Native American Affairs. Prior to joining the firm, Galbraith was the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, where he managed the relationship of the White House with 566 Tribal Governments and Native American people. Galbraith also analyzed and formulated political and policy recommendations for The President, Executive Branch Agencies, and Senior White House Officials on matters affecting tribal governments and Native American people including budgets, legislation, executive orders, appointments, Tribal law enforcement, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Federal Emergency disaster declarations, sacred sites and historic preservation, and economic development. He planned and led the annual White House Tribal Nations conferences which included The President, invited Tribal leaders, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, and dozens of senior government officials. Galbraith previously served as a Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel where he conducted interviews, background investigations, and political vetting of individuals under consideration for presidential appointments. Before working for the White House, Galbraith was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, handling multiple jury trials, numerous hearings in federal court, and also briefing appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Galbraith was the legislative assistant for Judiciary and Indian Affairs to United States Senator Tim Johnson. He also worked for then-Senator Barack Obama during his first campaign for President by organizing the Native American Domestic Policy Committee, a nationwide group of tribal leaders and activists.

Beverly Wright Morris (Aleut), is Producer, Director, and Owner of Chain Reaction Productions. Morris has been associated with the Institute of American Indian Arts since 1988 as a student, staff member, producer, and director. She was Director of the IAIA Summer Film and Television Workshop from 2004 to 2007.  Morris is a former member of the IAIA Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Board of Trustees, the Santa Fe Community Foundation Board of Directors, and serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Native American Advised Endowment Fund Committee. Morris received a BFA from Stephen F. Austin State.

Lawrence Roberts (Oneida Nation), was appointed by President Obama to the Department of the Interior Office of the Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs in 2012 and ended his service on January 20, 2017. During his tenure at Indian Affairs, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and Economic Development of Indian Affairs. In his work at Indian Affairs, Roberts managed the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and numerous offices that report to the Assistant Secretary’s Office. He worked closely with Tribes, other federal agencies, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs to foster tribal self-determination. Prior to his appointment to Interior, Roberts left private practice in 2010 to serve as General Counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission. As the Commission’s General Counsel, Roberts advised on matters involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other applicable laws and regulations. Roberts began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Indian Resources Section. He handled a variety of federal Indian law cases for the benefit of tribal interests including the protection of tribal reserved treaty hunting and fishing rights. Roberts subsequently joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided counsel on the implementation of federal environmental programs by Tribes. Roberts graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995. He is a licensed attorney in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Andrea Akalleq Sanders (Yup’ik), Alaska Native Policy Center Director for the First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Native nonprofit, has also been named to the IAIA Board of Trustees. Sanders received her BA in government from Georgetown University. Prior to being named to her current position, she worked for Senator Mark Begich in Washington D.C., as his legislative assistant for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the lead for telecommunication issues in the Senate Commerce Committee. In her current role, Sanders is part of the leadership team and helps to develop and connect policy ideas with people, integrated indigenous ways of knowing into policy making, and helps advance issues impacting Alaska Natives and all Alaskans to build a strong and vibrant foundation for future generations. Sanders was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska.

Dr. C. Matthew Snipp (Oklahoma Cherokee/Choctaw) is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University and the Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences’ Secure Data Center, positions he has held since 2008 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Snipp has worked at Stanford University since 1996 and served as Director of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity from 2008 to 2011, and as a Professor from 1996 to 2008. He worked as a Visiting Professor at Harvard University from 2003 to 2004 and was a Professor and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988 to 1996. Dr. Snipp currently serves on the National Institute of Child Health and Development’s Population Science Subcommittee and previously served on the Census Bureau’s Racial and Ethnic Advisory Committee, Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, and Inter-university Consortium of Political, and Social Research’s Council. Dr. Snipp received an AB from the University of California, Davis and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Additionally, current trustees Barbara Jeanne Ells and Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Neets’aii Gwich’in) have each been renewed for an additional term on the board.

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