National Advisory Committee Biographies
Daryle Conquering Bear, (Oglala Lakota) is the Healthy Living Program Assistant and is in his senior year of receiving his Bachelors in Human Development and Sports. His hometown is Oglala, South Dakota and he is a proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is a national speaker on native youth who experience the child welfare system advocates for the enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Conquering Bear Crow, was named 2015 White House Champions of Change. He has served on advisory boards for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Resource Center for Tribes, and Casey Family Programs. He collaborates and has interned with the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He currently sits on the North American Council on Adoptable Children board of directors and Denver American Indian Commission. Daryle experienced culture identity loss when he thought of himself as a spectator at pow-wows and his community. He is currently relearning his native ways and giving back to his community.
Honorable Kevin Briscoe (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians) is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribe. He has served as the Senior Youth Court Judge for ten years. Judge Briscoe serves as the Second Vice-President of the National American Indian Court Judges Association and sits on Children’s Justice Commission for the State of Mississippi. He participates in the Forrest County Juvenile and Family Model Court team in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Also, Judge Briscoe was recently appointed to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Advisory Committee for the Permanency Planning for Children Department. Judge Briscoe focuses on making a difference in the lives of youth and families.
Priscilla A. Day, MSW, Ed.D. is Department Head and a tenured full professor at the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she has taught since 1993. She received her BA in Sociology from Bemidji State University in 1984, her MSW from University of Minnesota Duluth in 1991 and her Ed.D., from University of Minnesota in 1999. Dr. Day also serves as the Principal Investigator and Director for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies whose mission is “to advance the well-being of children by strengthening families and communities through social work education, research, and outreach in the region.” In the last 3 years she was been Principal Investigator on grants totaling over 2.5 million dollars. Dr. Day’s areas of research are American Indian family preservation and cultural competence. She was co-developer and instructor of the Learning Circle course that helps MSW students incorporate concepts of cultural competence into practice. She is a curriculum developer and trainer for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She worked for over 2 years with tribal human service and legal professionals to develop the innovative 307C: Bridging Our Understanding: American Indian Family Preservation curriculum for DHS. Dr. Day is an Anishinaabe and an enrolled tribal member of the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. She is a pipe carrier and Ogichidaakwe on a traditional Big Drum for her tribal community. She is the mother of three wonderful adults and grandmother to seven beautiful children.
Lucille Echohawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma) has worked on behalf of First Nations families, communities, and tribes at the local, state, and national levels, including being a founder of Native Americans in Philanthropy. She earned a B.A. at Brigham Young University and a Med at Loyola University of Chicago. Lucille served for many years (prior to her December 2010 retirement) as a Senior Specialist, Indian Child Welfare, Casey Family Programs, working in the Great Plains Region as well as nationally. She currently serves as a member of National Child Welfare Resource Center on Tribes (NRC4Tribes) National Advisory Council, a member of the American Humane Association Board of Directors and its Children’s Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Child Welfare League of America’s Executive Committee.
Tracy “Ching” King served on the Ft. Belknap Indian Community Council for fourteen years; served two years as Vice Chairman, six years as chairman, and six years as the "At Large Assiniboine Representative." He also serves as a board member of ICFRC; has worked tirelessly on behalf of Native American children, youth and families; passionate about improving the lives of American Indian children and their families. He and his wife have been foster parents and understand the issues facing many Indian youth. As a husband, father, and grandfather, Tracy believes strongly in the power of the family and the important role that women play in the lives of all families. Domestic violence is a concern that he speaks out against and wants to bring attention to in order to preserve the stability of Native families.
Art Martinez, Ph.D. - As a Native American, of the Chumash tribe, and a clinical psychologist, I share a unique melding of cultural and clinical experiences. I have served as an expert witness most all superior courts within California. I currently serve as the clinical psychologist and Head of Service of the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Project, in Shingle Springs, California. In the past I was the executive and clinical director of The Child and Family Institute, one of the principal Mental Health contractors for Sacramento County Child Protective and Children’s Mental Health Services. I previously founded and directed the Washoe Family Trauma Healing Center in Gardnerville, Nevada. This center served as the primary provider of mental health and child assessments for dependency matters for Tribal court jurisdictions in the State of Nevada. In 1999 I was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human services to the National Advisory Council for SAMHSA and the Center for Mental Health Services. My doctoral research and dissertation focused upon the use of traditional Native American health approaches within clinical interventions with Native American families. My thesis as submitted for my Master of Arts degree specifically addressed the salient issues of Indian Child Welfare in America. Over the past thirty years I have worked for tribal governments and organizations in the development and provision of services to children and families. I have taught over 50 courses and seminars involving the dynamics of Children’s mental health, substance abuse and Mental Health issues in Native communities. I was the past Director of the department of Marriage, Child and Family therapy at the San Diego Campus of Alliant University as well as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services for UC Merced. I have served as a nationally known consultant in issues involving Native Americans, Native American Family Dynamics, Indian Child Welfare, Native American Child Development, and Native American Traditional values and health interventions. I further possess a bachelor's degree in Social Welfare from California State University.
Edward Reina, is a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, (Akimel O’odham), a retired Chief Police Executive, who worked for five (5) Tribal Governments, four (4) as Chief of Police, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe and as Director of Public Safety for the Tohono O’odham Nation. Edward Reina served on GLOBAL, a Federal Advisory Committee dealing with Criminal Justice Information Sharing, a life time member of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), he was the first Tribal Police Chief to serve as President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police and on the Executive Committee of the IACP, Chairman of the Juvenile Justice Working Group of Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, and served as a member of National Task Force on Juvenile Justice for Native American and Alaska Native, he is a Board member of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and is a current member of the Tribal Issues Advisory Group for the United States Sentencing Commission. Edward Reina Chaired and Co-authored “Crime in Indian Country Report April 1994” presented to US Attorney General Janet Reno, and chaired the Planning and Development, of the 2001 IACP summit “Improving Safety in Indian Country”, a report that was and is still used by the US Department of Justice. Throughout his career Edward Reina has emphasized a Multi-Disciplinary (MDT) approach to resolving community crime and social problems. He believes that an alliance with Law Enforcement, Education, Health, Domestic Violence Coalitions, Social Service, and other community organizations that work to jointly develop prevention, intervention and diversion strategies will reduce crime and violence. Judge William A. Thorne, Jr. (ret.), was appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals in May 2000 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He retired in September of 2013. He was a judge in the Third Circuit Court for eight years, having been appointed by Governor Norman Bangerter in 1986, and then served in the Third District Court for six years, having been appointed by Governor Leavitt in 1994.
Judge William Thorne, Jr. received a B.A. from the University of Santa Clara in 1974 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1977. Judge Thorne has served for over 34 years as a tribal court judge in Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nevada, California, Nebraska, and Michigan. He is the former president and current vice-president of the National Indian Justice, and a former member of the Board of Directors for National CASA. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a former member of the Board of Trustees for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a former member of the ABA Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. He is also a former chair of the Utah Juvenile Justice Task Force of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, former vice-chair of the Utah Board of Youth Corrections, former co-chair of the Judicial Council’s Committee on Improving Jury Service, former chair of the Judicial Council’s Bail Bonding Committee, former chair of the Court Technology Committee, former member of the Salt Lake County Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and a former member of the steering committee for the Judicial Council’s Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness. He is currently Chair of the Board for Child Trends, Inc., a member of the board for WestEd Inc., and he recently joined the board of the Center for the Study of Social Policy in April of 2012. Since his retirement from the bench, Judge Thorne has worked with the Casey Foundation judicial engagement initiative and other efforts devoted to improving the lives of children and their families.
Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs, Sina Ikikcu Win (Takes the Robe Woman), is from Porcupine, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is an enrolled citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and has Crow ancestry on her mother’s side. The late Pehin Sapa Win (Black Hair Woman), Mary Locke Iron Cloud and Isto Wanjila (One Arm), Eddie Iron Cloud Jr. are her parents and her Tiospaye (extended family) include Taopi Sica (Bad Wound), Locke and Mila Yatan Pika (Knife Chief). Ethleen provides training and technical assistance nationally to Tribal programs and communities in the area of youth and family programming. She is a past Bush Foundation Fellow, serves on the Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Task Force and is a past member of the Bureau of Indian Education Advisory Committee for Children with Exceptional Education Needs and the First Nations Behavioral Health Association. Ethleen has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College; a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and Human Resources Development from South Dakota State University and is currently a doctoral student at Colorado State University. Ethleen also serves as the volunteer Director of the Wakanyeja Woapiye Wicoti (Children’s Healing Camp) held annually on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and provides consultation to the Boys/Young Men and Girls/Young Women’s Healing Camps also held annually on the reservation.
Richard Two Dogs is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota band of the Lakota Nation and hails from Porcupine, SD with his family and ancestral roots in Kyle, SD. Hmuya Mani has been providing traditional healing services for the general community for over thirty years and has worked with numerous child/youth and family programs on the Pine Ridge reservations as well as nationally.
Sandy White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. Sandra is the co-founder and Director of First Nations Orphan Association. Sandra organizes Community Forums that bring together adoptees/fostered individuals and their families and professionals with the goal to identify post adoption issues and to identify strategies that will prevent removal of children. She also has initiated an ongoing support group for adoptees and birth relatives. She was Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation and an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation on Residential Schools in Canada. Sandra has become a spokesperson on the issues of the adoption and the foster care system and how it has impacted First Nations People. Sandy currently provides a variety of training related to the Indian Child Welfare Act, including: cultural competency workshops, workshops on Historical Perspective of Adoption in Indian Country; Truth Healing Reconciliation Model in Indian Child Welfare – promotes community building – provides education; Expert Witness Testimony; ICWA Education Days; Historical Trauma.
Geri Wisner is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and a former United States Marine. Currently she is the Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, the Executive Director for the Native American Children’s Alliance (NACA), a Judge with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Court of Indian Offenses and a partner with the Allen & Wisner law firm. Along with her prosecutorial duties, Geri presents at national conferences addressing criminal justice issues specific to Indian Country. She also conducts specialized trainings for law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and allied child abuse professionals responding to child maltreatment and domestic violence. Ms. Wisner was the Senior Tribal Attorney with the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse at the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), where she trained child abuse professionals on advanced investigative and prosecutorial techniques utilizing a victim-centered approach. Geri has served as the Attorney General for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Prosecutor for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Geri has been judicially appointed in many tribal courts to represent the interests of children as a Guardian ad Litem. She has developed many tribal criminal ordinances, family codes, child support and enforcement regulations and amended language to existing codes to include laws to protect elders. Her most recent code development work addresses tribal implementation of the National Sex Offender’s Registry and Notification Act. Ms. Wisner served as the first Ambassador to the United Nations for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, making presentations to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland and New York City. Her experience and perspective on indigenous issues provides a global context for her work with Native American people, as well as Tribal, domestic and foreign governments. A 2001 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an American Indian Studies Certificate, Geri received her Juris Doctorate and Native American Law Certificate from the University Of Tulsa College Of Law in 2003. Geri serves as a board member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).