New Trustees Appointed to the Institute of American Indian Arts Board

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From from left to right: Ann Marie Downes, Charles Galbraith, Lawrence Roberts, Andrea Sanders

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Marie Downes, Charles W. Galbraith, Lawrence Scott Roberts II, and Andrea Sanders to its board of trustees. “We are so grateful to have these four exceptionally talented and experienced people on our board and look forward to working with them to build on IAIA’s tradition of excellence in Native American and Alaskan Native Art and Culture,” says IAIA board chair Loren Kieve (Cherokee).
Downes served in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 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. A tribal citizen of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, 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, which 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.

Charles Galbraith, a citizen of the 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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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.

Lawrence Roberts 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. In his work there, Roberts managed the BIA, the Bureau of Indian Education, and numerous offices that report to the assistant secretary’s office. Prior to his appointment to Interior, Roberts left private practice in 2010 to serve as general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission where he 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.

Andrea Akalleq Sanders (Yup’ik) is the Alaska Native Policy Center Director for the First Alaskans Institute (FAI), a statewide Native nonprofit. Prior to being named to her current position, she worked for Senator Mark Begich in Washington, DC as a 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. She integrates 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.

Following the announcement of the new trustees, IAIA president, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), stated, “I am excited to work with our new board members and our other previously appointed trustees to advance IAIA’s important mission of empowering creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.”

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