Holly Cook Macarro

Member (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe)

Ms. Cook Macarro is a partner at Letan Consulting, LLC. Holly has served as the Director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the Democratic National Committee and in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (Clinton Administration). During her time at the Democratic National Committee, Ms. Cook Macarro coordinated the national tribal outreach and organizing efforts on behalf of the Democratic party. While at the White House, Holly focused specifically on tribal intergovernmental affairs matters and coordinated the first-ever tribal economic development conference hosted by the White House and several federal agencies in 1998. Holly has served as the national co-chair of the Native Vote initiative at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and in GOTV and strategic capacities for several Congressional and Senate candidates. Holly has also played a key tribal role in advising Democratic Presidential campaigns – helping to develop candidate policies on Indian Country issues, providing guidance to the campaigns regarding tribal outreach, and assisting in various organizing efforts.

Holly has successfully secured client appropriations for several projects, secured legislation protecting culturally significant tribal lands from development by a major energy company, secured legislation transferring BLM lands to tribal trust lands, and played a key role in the landmark re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Holly has represented clients on such lobbying matters as tribal gaming issues, self-governance, law enforcement matters and several client-specific legislative initiatives.

Ms. Cook Macarro is a frequent speaker and presenter at tribal conferences and events, including the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Gaming Association, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations, Native America Calling, the Tribal Association of Sovereign Indian Nations, United National Indian Tribal Youth, and has been an invited contributor to Indian Country Today.

Ms. Cook Macarro is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe and a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a BBA and the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with an MBA. Holly is married and has two sons.

Joel M. Frank Sr.

Joel Frank_webVice President
(Seminole Tribe of Florida)

Joel M. Frank, Sr. has committed his career to the furtherance of tribal self-determination, economic prosperity and community development for all of Native American Tribes.  Mr. Frank’s distinguished leadership positions include serving as president of the National Indian Gaming Association, president of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. and a member of the Florida Civil Right Commission to name a few.

Steve Stallings

Steve StallingsSecretary~Treasurer
(Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians)

Steve Stallings is an elected Tribal Council Member of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, where he serves on the Tribe’s Investment Committee. Steve is the Council Delegate to the Tribal Enterprise Board overseeing Harrah’s Southern California Resort, the largest tribal resort hotel in California with 1064 rooms. Steve also represents the Tribal Council on the Tribe’s private equity fund, First Nations Capital Partners, the nation’s only tribally controlled intertribal fund.

For nearly 45 years Steve has served Indian Country in banking, developing Indian businesses and expanding economic development opportunities for Indian people. He is the former Director of Native American Banking Services at Wells Fargo, where for the last 20 years he pioneered the expansion of financial services to Indian Country making Wells Fargo the leading provider to tribal governments. While at Wells Fargo, Steve started Native Peoples, an internal support group for Native American employees at Wells Fargo.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Steve was president of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development and its predecessor organization, the United Indian Development Association (UIDA). During his 20 year tenure, Steve helped hundreds of emerging Indian entrepreneurs and developed the original Reservation Economic Summit (REZ) trade show and conference.

Long interested in Native American higher education, Steve recently rejoined the Board of Directors of the American Indian Graduate Center in Albuquerque where he was honored for his contributions to scholarship programs in the business fields. Steve was also recently honored by the Phoenix Indian Community with the Kent Ware Sr. Life Time Achievement Award for his service to the Indian Community.

Walter Lamar

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Walter Lamar, Blackfeet/Wichita, is a former FBI special agent, deputy director of BIA law enforcement and is currently president of Lamar Associates. Lamar Associates’ Indian Country Training Division offers culturally appropriate training for Indian country law enforcement and service professionals with both on-site and online courses.

Stacy Leeds

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Stacy Leeds has served as dean and professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law since 2001.

Dean Leeds came to Arkansas from the University of Kansas where she served as Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. While at KU, she received the annual teacher of the year recognition, the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to that, she taught at the University of North Dakota where she served as the Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center. She began her career in higher education at the University of Wisconsin where she was a William H. Hastie Fellow.

Among her many honors, Leeds is a 2013 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a former Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow with a 2008-2009 affiliation to the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Dean Leeds has a strong record of public service. From 2011-2013, she served on National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The Commission conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Department’s management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets and published recommendations for systematic reform. She is currently serving a three-year term as Chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission. In addition to being a former Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, Leeds has served as judge for seven Indigenous nations and was the inaugural recipient of the National American Indian Court Judges Association’s Annual Outstanding Service Award. She is frequently tapped to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve conflicts in government and higher education sectors.

At Arkansas, she teaches Property and American Indian Law and contributes to projects of the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative.

As a scholar, she has published more than twenty articles, essays and book chapters including the new book Mastering American Indian Law, with Professor Angelique Townsend EagleWoman.

She received her master of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin, her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa, her master of business administration from the University of Tennessee and her bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Leeds, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is currently the only American Indian law school dean.

Dana Arviso


Dana Arviso became the Executive Director of Potlatch Fund in June 2011, after working for the organization since July 2007. Inspired by the ask at the 2006 Potlatch Fund Gala, she became a volunteer and then a staff member, working her way from being a Data Administrator to Bookkeeper to Finance and Evaluation Manager. She is a 2008 graduate of First Nations Development Institute’s Seattle LEAD Program and participated in Leadership Tomorrow’s Class of 2011.

Dana is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, but grew up both on the Navajo Nation and the Bishop Paiute-Shoshone Indian Reservation in California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, in Child Development and earned her Masters of Education degree in 2006 from the University of Washington with an emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture. Dana’s past work experiences include working as an early childhood educator within her Tribe’s family literacy program as well as working within higher education as a graduate staff assistant within the Office of Minority Recruitment & Retention at the University of Washington’s College of Education. Dana has been a past scholarship recipient of the American Indian Graduate Center, including been selected as a 2006 Accenture fellow.

While primarily focused on the needs of Native Americans, Dana has dedicated her life to combating the social and economic disparities that affect all communities of color in the Pacific Northwest. She has represented the needs of Native peoples and communities within the Pacific Northwest by serving on regional and national boards. Dana served on the Board of Directors of Social Justice Fund Northwest from August 2010 – February 2013 and currently serves on the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy. She is honored to join the board of American Indian Graduate Center, where she offers the perspectives of being an AIGC scholarship recipient and knowledge of the funding opportunities within the field of Native education.

Aurene M. Martin

(Bad river band of lake superior chippewa)

Aurene Martin is the President of Spirit Rock Consulting, Incorporated, and a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She has extensive experience in federal Indian Law and Policy, having served in several Tribal and Federal key government positions.

At Spirit Rock Consulting, Ms. Martin represents Indian tribes on Federal law and policy issues. She specializes in the areas of Tribal land acquisition and the fee to trust process, Tribal gaming and general Tribal government issues. She also handles a significant number of legislative policy issues, and has recently successfully advocated on behalf of her clients on issues relating the Federal land transfers and Federal tax issues.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Martin had a lengthy career in public service. As a high level political appointee at the Department of the Interior, she originally served as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs. She was elevated to Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and served for over a year as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs before leaving the Department.

Before joining the Department of the Interior, she was Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs chaired by U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), where she had a key role in developing legislation involving tribes, particularly in the areas of gaming and health care.

Ms. Martin came to the Committee from the position of Director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C. Aurene began her career as Senior Staff Attorney of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, where she worked for over five years. As in-house counsel to the Tribe, she was responsible for Indian Child Welfare Act litigation, state legislative affairs and gaming matters, and served on the Tribe’s compact negotiation team in 1998. While at the Oneida Tribe, Aurene was responsible for the day to day litigation of Indian Child Welfare Act cases for the tribe, and also developed legislative testimony provided by the Tribe before Congress regarding the Act.

Ms. Martin attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Università di Bologna in Bologna, Italy. She majored in History, Italian and History of Culture and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1993. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Wisconsin State Bar. Aurene has been active in the Wisconsin State Bar Indian law section, having served as an officer of the section.

Ernie Stevens, Jr.

(Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)

Ernie Stevens, Jr. is the Chairman and national spokesperson for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) in Washington, D.C. Stevens is currently in his eighth two-year term as the organization’s leader, which is a position elected by the member tribes of the National Indian Gaming Association.

As Chairman of NIGA, Stevens represents the Indian gaming industry. In this role, he has worked to educate Congress, the media and the public about the positive impacts of Indian gaming on tribal and nearby communities. Stevens is also responsible for shaping policy initiatives that have the potential to impact the industry. He has testified before Congress on a number of topics from proposed amendments to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to Internet gaming. In addition to his role as spokesman, Stevens has worked to build consensus among NIGA’s diverse member Tribes and is often quoted as saying, “Our membership is our strength, and we are strongest when our voice is unified.” He has also succeeded in building strong coalitions with other Indian and non-Indian organizations to help strengthen the industry. In the face of constant challenges while Stevens has served as Chairman, NIGA has consistently defended any movement in Washington, DC against the Principles of Tribal Sovereignty. Stevens has led the Association and worked to protect Tribal Sovereignty and strengthen the Indian gaming industry. During his tenure, Indian gaming revenues have risen from $11 billion in 2000 to nearly $30 billion in 2015.

From 1993 to 1999 Stevens served as an elected councilman for the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. He is a former First Vice-President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). As a respected leader in Indian Country, Stevens also serves as a long-standing board member on the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAID), the Nike N7 Foundation Board, the Executive Board of the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and the Native American Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA).

The Chairman has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and his advocacy in Indian Country by numerous organizations. He was inducted into the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame in October of 2014. The Association on American Indian Affairs recognized his lifetime achievements in November of 2014 and he was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012.

Chairman Stevens received an Associate’s degree from Haskell Indian Nations University in 1983 where he served as the Vice President of the Student Senate. He was a two year starting center and team captain for the Haskell Basketball Team. Stevens also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin (1986). He was a three sport letterman and served as President of the Native American Student Council.

Chairman Stevens is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. He and his wife Cheryl have been married for over 34 years. Together they have 5 children and 14 grandchildren.