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Keynote Speakers for the 2018 Conference
Dr. David Beaulieu is the Ruth Myers endowed chair of American Indian education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is an Emeritus Professor of education policy studies at Arizona State University where he served as the Director of the Center for Indian Education, a Professor of Education Policy Studies and editor of the Journal of American Indian Education focused on research and policy issues related to the education of American Indians and Alaska Natives. He was Vice President of Sintè Gleska University, Rosebud, South Dakota. At Sinte Gleska, he facilitated efforts at the college to become the first tribally chartered Indian controlled college to achieve accreditation at the Baccalaureate degree granting level. Sinte Gleska would later become the first Tribal University offering graduate degrees. A former Director of Indian Education for the State of Minnesota in 1984 until July 1991, he was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Human Rights for the State of Minnesota in 1991 serving in both of the Governor’s two terms. He is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation and the first American Indian to be appointed as a Commissioner in State Government.
In 1991, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to the Indian Nations at Risk Task Force. The Task Force was created to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary of Education and the Nation on the condition of the education of American Indians in the United States. He served as Director of the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education from 1997 to 2001.In his role as director he worked to develop and implement President Clinton’s Executive Order on American and Alaska Native Education. Dr. Beaulieu was the 2005 President of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) serving on the board of NIEA from 2003-2006 where he worked on developing the legislative strategy to respond to the No Child Left Behind Act and to initiate and develop a National Native Children’s Agenda.
Steven Paul Judd is Kiowa and Choctaw from Oklahoma and a member of the Writers Guild of America. Was a staff writer Disney XD comedy series “Zeke and Luther.” Zeke and Luther ” His feature film “The Butchers” was released Nov 2014. And his short film “Ronnie BoDean” staring Wes Studi in early 2015.
MAC v. PC with a Native Twist” garnered Judd a semifinalist position in NBC/Universal’s Comedy Short Cuts Film Festival and inclusion in an installment at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Judd was one of 14 selected from 2,500 script submissions for the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship Program, a paid writing position with ABC/Disney. In 2009 Judd was nominated Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma and asked to speak at the University as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.
In 2009 Judd won the Creative Spirt Award and direct his winning screenplay “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco”. In 2011 it won Outstanding Short at the “North American Indigenous Image Awards” and “Best Narrative” at The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Best Short Film at AIFI.
In 2011 the music video “The Storm” that he directed won Best Music Video at AIFI and is now in rotation at the Hard Rock Cafe’s.
In 2010 he co-wrote the movie “Shouting Secrets” It premiered November 2011 in San Francisco and won Audience Choice Award at the San Diego Film Festival. In 2012 two short films he directed, “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco” and “Neil Discovers the Moon” screened at the Tribeca Theater, as part of their Summer Youth Screening Series. “Neil Discovers the Moon” screened during the month of April 2012 as part of the Animation Celebration at NMAI in the Smithsonian and was an official selection for the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival.
Judd is known primarily as a filmmaker; Yet he’s also a prolific visual artist whose mashups of Native experiences and disposable American pop culture are sly and often downright funny. His creations include paintings, prints, poster art, photography, and t-shirt designs. He designed the t-shirts for the 2014 NARF (Native American Rights Fund). In 2015 he designed the cover art and merchandise for the group “A Tribe Called Red.” His mural “War Paint” can be seen at historic Indian Alley in downtown Los Angeles.