Rebecca A. Miles
Attended and graduated Washington State University in 1997 with a
Bachelor of Art's Degree in Criminal Justice. Rebecca began working for
her own Tribe, the Nez Perce and since that time has served the Tribe in many
different capacities. One of her positions was a full-time position as the
communications specialist for the Environmental Restoration and Waste Management
Program (ERWM). This Program provides oversight and planning for the
cleanup efforts at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation based on the historical land
stewardship principles of the Nez Perce Tribe. During her time at ERWM,
Rebecca began her work on a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership at
Gonzaga University. She received her Master's degree in 2002. At
this time, Rebecca moved from the ERWM and into the position as the
Multicultural Coordinator for the Lapwai School District. In this
position, Rebecca worked on helping ensure that the education curricula and
programs offered in the Idaho Public Schools was responsive to the needs of the
Nez Perce Children attending those schools.
In May 2004, Rebecca was elected
to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC), the governing body of the
Nez Perce Tribe.
In her first year on the NPTEC, Rebecca chaired the Human
Resources Subcommittee and served as an Education Liaison. She was
appointed NPTEC Secretary during this year as well. During her first year
on the NPTEC, Rebecca worked extensively on the Snake River Basin Adjudication,
including providing testimony before the Idaho Legislature and began to
cultivate her reputation as a problem solver.
In May 2005, Rebecca was elected
by her peers as the first woman Chairman of the NPTEC. She was re-elected
as Chairman in May 2006 and is currently the youngest to ever be elected to the
position. Rebecca was elected to her second three-year term in May 2007
and presently serves as Vice-Chairman.
In Rebecca's role as Chairman, she has
represented the Tribe, locally and nationally, on many critical issues.
She has provided testimony on behalf of the Nez Perce Tribe before Congress and
the Idaho Legislature on a myriad of issues, including tribal gaming, tribal
taxing authority, endangered species recovery and habitat restoration, and
treaty reserved rights. Rebecca has also been a keynote speaker at
conferences on issues such as education and leadership. In addition, based
on her leadership in the cutting edge issues of tribal water rights and treaty
fishery rights and species preservation she has been asked to speak at national
conferences and to governmental agencies, private organization and colleges and
Rebecca's work and leadership in areas of note in Indian Country
and beyond has been featured by many national news organizations including the
New York Times.
In March 2006, Rebecca was selected the Woman of the Year by
Washington State University Alumini Association. Rebecca also received the
National River Hero Award in 2007 for her work on ESA listed species in the
Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Rebecca shares her life with her two wonderful sons
Tre and Ivory Miles Williams, ages 10 and 9 and her father David J. Miles, Jr.
She also has a love for coaching basketball and assists with the Lady Cats
basketball team at Lapwai High School.