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Hope Craig

Board Chairwoman and Executive Advisory Chair

Mvskoke

Hope Craig is Mvskoke of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and maintains a strong relationship with her Tribal community and Tribal leadership.

Hope is married with two adult children. Her husband is the Director of IT Security for UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her daughter is currently a clerk in a Federal District Court and has accepted a position with a national firm starting this Fall. Her son is an artist whose work concentrates on character and content creation for gaming and web development. Hope serves on the Contracts Administration team for the University of Southern California in the Facilities Planning and Maintenance.

Hope currently serves as the Board Chairwoman of the United American Indian Involvement. She has more than 15 years of experience working with Urban Indian Communities, Organizations, and Tribal Nations in the capacity of policymaking, community-building, leadership, and tribal governance.

A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, Hope will continue pursuing her law journey as a law student at Arizona State University in Fall 2024 specializing in Federal Indian Law with an emphasis on Indian Child Welfare (ICW). Hope’s goal is to become a Tribal Judge to continue her advocacy work with a special interest in Indian Child Welfare and desires to build an inter- tribal legal infrastructure for ICW cases to create a shared resource that will eventually transition all ICW cases from state courts to tribal courts. Hope believes that protecting our Native children from being removed from their homes and tribal communities is crucial to tribal and cultural sovereignty and the core of rebuilding Tribal Nations.

Hope’s passion is advocacy and policy in Indian Country. She is dedicated to advocating for Natives living in urban centers and strengthening partnerships with Tribal Nations, Urban Indian Organizations, and Native Organizations.


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