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Executive Director
Jerry Gardner
(Cherokee

Our Staff

 

Our dedicated staff has an impressive array of legal, policy, training, and technical assistance experience that has enabled TLPI to administer quality programming in Indian country since 1996. 

 

Because we are a Native American operated non-profit, our work is personal. We proudly pursue our mission to enhance and strengthen tribal sovereignty and justice while honoring community values, protecting rights, and promoting well-being.

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Capacity Building Coordination Specialist
Elizabeth Deserly
(Kickapoo)

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Program Support Specialist
Marlon Footracer
(Diné )

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Deputy Director
Heather Valdez Freedman

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Child Welfare Legal Specialist
Suzanne Garcia

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Operations Director
Jessica Harjo
(San Carlos Apache) 

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Tribal Victim
Resource Specialist
Lonna Hunter
(Tlingit, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota)

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Senior Technical
Assistance Specialist
Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs
(Oglala Sioux/Crow)

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Bookkeeper
Chad Jackson 
(Cocopah)

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Capacity Building Center for Tribes Project Director
Nadja Jones
(Comanche/Onondaga)

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