Gail E. Chehak (Klamath Tribes) serves as AIANTA’s Outreach Coordinator, working with the membership and assisting with development. She has worked extensively in the areas of tribal arts, environmental protection, economic development and tourism for a number of tribal organizations, including the National Congress of American Indians, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Gail co-authored Native Peoples of the NW: Traveler’s Guide to Land, Art & Culture, while working as Arts & Tourism Coordinator for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. She also represented ATNI and served as Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s Delegate to the Washington, D.C. White House Conference on Travel & Tourism in 1995.
Early in her career, she realized fundraising and grant writing skills were critical to develop programs for tribal communities. She worked with the Tribal Sovereignty Project (now known as Seventh Generation Fund) to coordinate grant writing workshops for Oregon Tribes and served as President of the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation for several years.
Gail successfully raised funds from federal and state programs, foundations, corporations, churches and individuals and served on grant review panels for the Administration for Native Americans Social, Economic Development Strategies; the Corporation for National Service Programs (AmeriCorps); the National Parks Service Historic Preservation Fund for Indian Tribes; the Department of Education, Library Services Special Programs to Indian Tribes; and the Department of Health & Human Services, Indian Health Service Scholarships. Most recently, she served on the Albuquerque Community Foundation review panel for the arts.
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