David F. Conrad currently serves as the Director for Tribal and Intergovernmental Affairs, in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. He is responsible for oversight and guidance of the Department's government-to-government relationships with federally-recognized Indian tribes; as well as strengthening relationships with major cities and other local governments across the Nation. In 2006 David was appointed to the position of Director for Intergovernmental Affairs by Osage Nation Principal Chief Jim Gray, where he was responsible for managing intergovernmental affairs and providing public relations, energy, economic development, environmental, natural resources, and cultural resources policy advice and oversight. Prior to serving in the Gray Administration, David served as Executive Director of the National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC), a national tribal non-profit organization with over 185 member tribes, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. David came to NTEC from the Grand Canyon Trust where he served as Director of Tribal Governmental Affairs for the conservation organization that focuses on the Colorado Plateau. Prior to serving the Trust in Flagstaff, Arizona he served the City of Seattle as its Tribal and Legislative Liaison in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. In this position he was responsible for guiding and implementing tribal intergovernmental functions for the City of Seattle, including liaison work on behalf of the Mayor with the urban Native community. In his capacity as Director of the Environmental Program for the Council of Energy Resource Tribes he helped to research and developing policy recommendations regarding energy, environmental, and emergency response needs of CERT member tribes. David began his professional career as Policy Analyst for the Nez Perce Tribe's Department of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, in Lapwai, Idaho. He has made numerous presentations regarding his work in energy, environment, and cultural resources issues at professional conferences and as part of his work on various federal, state, and local advisory groups. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University, and a Master Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay.
David is married and has two young sons. David dances in the Osage I'n Lon Schka Dances from the Pawhuska District. His wife Jill is Nez Perce from Lapwai, Idaho . He and his wife Jill have had their sons named in the Osage tradition and placed in the traditional dances. They enjoy retaining close ties to their Osage and Nez Perce relatives.
David serves as Chairman of the Institute's Board of Directors.
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JF Companies, LLC
9145 East Kenyon Avenue, Suite 200
Denver, Colorado 80237
A registered professional engineer, Mr. Hibbert has been engaged for more than 30 years in the development of creative approaches to solving complex water resource problems for public and private organizations. Mr. Hibbert works for a large national water engineering firm and has directed local and national planning, management and development of water resources, water treatment and wastewater treatment systems and has extensive experience in working with citizens and governmental agencies. Mr. Hibbert serves on the Board of Directors for a major Denver Urban Ditch Company and until recently served for nearly ten years on the Board of Directors for NAMES, Native American Multicultural Education School.
Mr. Hibbert is based in Denver. He has specific technical experience in the areas of water rights, water supply and demand studies, watershed planning, hydrology, water quality modeling and groundwater studies.
Mr. Hibbert is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Fort Yates in South Dakota. He currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Institute Board of Directors.
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|Morris Te Whiti Love ( Te Atiawa/Taranaki whanui ki Poneke )
Director, Raukaura Consultants
15 Balmoral Terrace
Aotearoa ( New Zealand )
Morrie established Raukura Consultants in 2005. Previously he was the Executive Officer for the Wellington Tenths Trust and the Palmerston North Maori Reserves beginning in June 2003. These are sister tribal land trusts for the Te Atiawa/Taranaki whänui people of Wellington . This role is to head the administration for the two trusts. Morrie will have a role advising the Treaty claim negotiations for the Wellington claims for the Trusts. The Executive Officer role includes dealing with natural resource management and environmental matters for the Trusts, and cultural and environmental impact reporting and resource planning.
Morrie had been Director of the Waitangi Tribunal from June 1996 to May 2003. The Waitangi Tribunal was established under the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975. Its main function is to inquire into and make findings and recommendations to the Crown on claims submitted to it by Maori on matters relating to the Treaty of Waitangi. The Tribunal therefore plays a vital role in the settlement of Treaty claims and makes a significant contribution in the Government's strategic results in this area. Although the Tribunal is a standing commission of inquiry and as such is independent, it nonetheless is an important component in the Government's goal of making significant progress towards the negotiation of fair and affordable settlements to well-founded grievances arising under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Morrie Love has been involved in Maori resource management for many years. He advocated for the inclusion of the Treaty of Waitangi sections, the development of sections on sites of importance to Maori especially in the Coastal-Marine area and Maori interest and use of the geothermal resource in the Resource Management Act.
Morrie managed Maruwhenua, the Maori Secretariat in Ministry for the Environment from September 1993 to mid 1996. He also ran a specialist consultancy in resource management with a particular focus on tangata whenua (Maori) issues and the Treaty of Waitangi prior to that. He has been involved in a wide variety of issues such as the development of Maori interests in fishing and aquaculture, geothermal energy, indigenous and exotic forests, heritage protection, Treaty of Waitangi claims to natural resources and resource management generally. Previous to that he was involved in regional government water management and tertiary teaching in Engineering particularly in Lae, Papua New Guinea . His University training was in Agricultural Engineering where he specialised in water and soil matters.
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