Alan Parker is the Director of the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute at The Evergreen State College where he also has served as a member of the faculty since September of 1997. A citizen of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Nation, Parker lived for many years with his family on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation in Northern Montana. Alan graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1972 and practiced law in Washington, DC for over twenty years before joining the Evergreen College faculty in 1997. While in Washington, DC, he directed research on tribal governments for the American Indian Policy Review Commission and was the first Native American to serve as Chief Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. (1977-81, 1987-91)
During his service in the US Senate he was instrumental in securing passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Indian Religious Freedom Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the Tribal Self-governance Act, the American Indian Development Finance Corporation Act and numerous tribal land and water claims settlements. He also served as President of the American Indian National Bank from 1982 through 1987 and later organized the first "Native American think tank", the National Indian Policy Center at George Washington University. On May 21, 2000 Washington State Governor Gary Locke appointed Professor Parker as the first Native American attorney to serve on the Washington State Gambling Commission.
Professor Parker recently organized with collegue Dr. Linda Moon Stumpff, the nation’s first graduate school program in tribal management, the Master in Public Administration: Tribal Government. His research interests are currently focused on integrating cultural revitalization, governance and sustainability through implementing tribal self-determination. (see: Epistomology of Native Studies) He has also been engaged in comparative studies of indigenous nations of the Pacific Rim. As co chair of the committee on indigenous nation relationships of the National Congress of American Indians, he is coordinating treaty negotiations to establish a United League of Indigenous Nations.
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