SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Brendan V. Johnson  & Timothy Q. Purdon
Partners, Robins Kaplan LLP

Brendan Johnson and Tim Purdon were nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the United States Attorneys for South Dakota and North Dakota.  During their time with the Department of Justice, they were each selected by Attorney General Eric Holder to chair the Department’s Native American Issues Subcommittee.  In this capacity, they helped shaped numerous federal policies involving Native American tribes.  Brendan and Tim now chair the Native American Law and Policy Group at Robins Kaplan LLP and represent tribes across the United States.

 

SPEAKERS

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Brian Cladoosby

Chairman

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Brian Cladoosby has served on the Swinomish Indian Senate, the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, since 1985. He has served as the Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Senate since 1997. Chairman Cladoosby is one of the most senior tribal political leaders in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
Kevin Clock Cascade Strategic Investments

Kevin Clock

President

Cascade Strategic Investments

Kevin Clock is President of Cascade Strategic Investments (CSI).  CSI is an investment company specializing in commercial development, renewable energy, and hospitality projects.  CSI clients include Native American tribes and Alaska Native Corporations.
Allyson Doctor National Indian Cannabis Coalition

Allyson Doctor

Co-Chair

National Indian Cannabis Coalition

Allyson Doctor is a Public Affairs and Communications Consultant, specializing in healthcare, strategic business development and government relations. In 2015, Allyson Doctor co-founded the National Indian Cannabis Coalition to create an educational and legislative resource for elected leaders. Allyson is originally from the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne.
Jeff Doctor

Jeff Doctor

Executive Director

National Indian Cannabis Coalition

Jeff Doctor is an entrepreneur with two decades of business and political affairs experience. Driven to assist tribes throughout the U.S., Jeff works with the EOP Group in Washington, D.C. where he developed an interest in the impact of politics in business and the direct relation to Native people, an underrepresented population in the political arena.
Lael Echo-Hawk

Lael Echo-Hawk

Of Counsel

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker

Raised in the Interior of Alaska, Lael Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and adopted granddaughter to Katie John of the Upper Ahtna Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake.
Dennis Grayson

Dennis Grayson

Klamath Tribal Member, Outdoor Cultivation

Iguana Network

Dennis Grayson spent the last 20 years in construction, land development, vertical single family housing, and started a successful multi state Native American coffee company.  Dennis played an integral role in developing many OLCC licensed outdoor cannabis and hybrid hemp grows in Oregon while organizing a multinational brand expansion of 9 Canadian cannabis companies to the Oregon, California and Nevada markets.

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Ramsay Hamide

Owner

Main Street Marijuana

Today, Main Street Marijuana, located in Vancouver, Washington, is the country’s largest retail cannabis store.  It serves 2,000 customers per day, and is the largest of Washington State’s 1,400 cannabis business. Ramsey and his brother Adam were both born and raised in Washington State.  Both are proud graduates of the University of Washington.
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Townsend Hyatt

Partner

Orrick

Townsend Hyatt is a partner in the Pacific Northwest office of Orrick in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the Public Finance Group and leads the Indian Tribal Finance practice. He has worked with Indian tribes in more than a dozen states on a variety of projects.
Brendan Johnson

Brendan Johnson

Partner and Co-Chair, American Indian Law and Policy Group

Robins Kaplan

Former US Attorney for the District of South Dakota Brendan Johnson excels at finding creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. An aggressive advocate, Brendan has spent his career trying cases, deposing hostile witnesses, and cross-examining experts. 
Gene Johnson

Gene Johnson

Executive Vice President

Victor - Strategies

Gene has over 25 years of gaming industry experience in the disciplines of Technology, Quality Assurance, Market Research, Casino Marketing, and Strategic Planning and Analysis. His industry career began in 1989 working in Atlantic City casinos. In 1997 founded EE Johnson Research.
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Travis Nabahe

CEO

Island Enterprises

Travis Nabahe is an enrolled member of the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation in California.   He works as the CEO for Island Enterprises Inc., a tribal corporation of the Squaxin Island Tribe, overseeing multiple businesses (including a legal marijuana retail store called “Elevation” that operates under the Marijuana Compact between the Squaxin Island Tribe and the State of Washington).
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Matt Olson

President

Robertson & Olson

Matt Olson is the President and Co-Founder of Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc. Mr. Olson used his extensive construction and development background to build a first ever 100% LED and general lighting facility licensed at a Tier III 502 Producing & Processing Facility in Battle Ground, Washington (Agrijuana). 
Tim Purdon

Timothy Q. Purdon

Partner and Co-Chair, American Indian Law and Policy Group

Robbins Kaplan

Former US Attorney for the District of North Dakota, Tim Purdon has made his career leading complex criminal investigations and high stakes civil litigation from both the plaintiff and defense counsel’s table. He has a twenty-year track record as a champion for his clients.
Rion Ramirez

Rion Ramirez

General Counsel

Port Madison Enterprises

Rion Ramirez currently serves as the General Counsel of Port Madison Enterprises, the economic development arm of the Suquamish Tribe and the co-chair of the Native American Policy Working Group for Hillary for America.  In 2013 Rion was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Commissioner on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.
Duke Rodriguez

Duke Rodriguez

CEO & President

Ultra Health

Duke Rodriguez, CEO and President of Ultra Health, founded Ultra Health, a turnkey solutions provider for the specialty medical cannabis industry, in late 2010. Ultra Health partners with a broad spectrum of businesses and Tribal Nations to design, formulate and manage cannabis-related economic development opportunities that are profitable, scalable and mutually beneficial. Before founding Ultra Health, Duke served in various roles at Lovelace, Inc., a major healthcare company and HMO based in the Southwest.
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Kent Robinson

Legal Counsel

Warm Springs Cannabis Commission

Kent S. Robinson entered private practice following a 35-year with the U.S. Department of Justice, including 25 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, where he served as Chief of the Criminal Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Acting U.S. Attorney.
Victor Rocha

Victor Rocha

President

Victor-Strategies

Victor is the inspiration and co-founder of Victor-Strategies. He is the namesake and the dynamic engine. Victor has been a respected voice in the politics of Indian gaming for 18 years. His conferences have received high praise for their quality content and for bringing political and gaming leaders together with cutting edge trends and technology focused on Indian Country.
Don Sampson

Don Sampson

CEO

Warm Springs Ventures

Don Sampson is the Chief Executive Officer of Ventures - the economic development corporation of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
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Nathan Schreiner

Attorney

Squaxin Island Legal Department

Nathan Schreiner is an attorney in the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Legal Department.  He works in the areas of taxation, gaming, and tobacco, and more recently, marijuana.
Chris Stearns Washington State Gambling Commission

Chris Stearns

Commissioner

Washington State Gambling Commission

Chris Stearns is a Commissioner, and past Chairman, of the Washington State Gambling Commission. He has spent his career in private practice and government advancing the rights of Native American tribes.
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Bill Sterud

Chairman

Puyallup Tribal Counsel

Puyallup Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud has a long and storied history with the Puyallup Tribe going back decades. He was first elected to the Puyallup Tribal Council in 1977 and has served for going on 40 years, several times as Chairman and Vice Chair. He has taken the lead to accomplish great things for the Tribe.
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Blake Trueblood

Founding Partner

Trueblood Law Group, P.A.

Blake M. Trueblood is a founding partner of Trueblood Law Group P. A.; a Florida based economic development, business and Indian law firm. Blake is an enrolled tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Mark Van Norman

Mark Van Norman

Owner

VN Consulting

Cetan Wanbli Williams

Cetan Wanbli Williams

CEO

The Buffalo Grass Company

“Take care of the plants, and the plants will take care of us.” Drawing from roots in the medical cannabis industry, Cetan Wanbli Williams was integral in the development and management of one of the first recreational cannabis dispensaries in Colorado.