N7 Champions are Native American and Aboriginal community members and influencers who choose to use their voice to support future generations and to celebrate the power of native youth.
Charlie is an attorney with Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP in Washington, DC where he represents tribal government on legal and political matters. Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Charlie served as the Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for President Barack Obama and as a federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice. He is an avid hiker, outdoorsman, marathon runner and baseball player.
Jeff L. Grubbe
Jeff is the Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. He has served on the Tribal Council since 2006, and prior to that, gained work experience on tribal committees and in the casino properties. As a former football player for Haskell Indian Nations University, Jeff is an avid proponent of tribal youth sports and understands the important role they can play.
Waneek is Mohawk from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory located in Quebec, Canada, across from Montreal. An Olympian, Waneek was a Water Polo co-captain and proudly led the Canadian Team during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She travels throughout North America speaking to Native youth about her involvement in sport. Also, Waneek is the Assembly of First Nations IndigenACTION Ambassador.
Tewanee is a member of the Squamish First Nation, and is half Maori. He served eight years on the Squamish Nation Council and has utilized his skills to work on a broad range of initiatives including First Nations federal legislation, Land Management, Communications and Governance. Tewanee served as the CEO of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Frank John King, CEO of National Native Media & Consulting, Frank has been working on Native rights and legislative issues most of his life. He has served as an independent consultant to numerous National Political Campaigns, Tribal Nations, National Native Associations and Organizations. He is also the founder of the Native Voice Newspaper and former Vice-President of the Native American Journalist Association.
Wilson is the founder of Ietan Consulting and Pipestem Law Firm. Otoe-Missouria and Osage, his professional career has been dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Native Americans and tribes.
Orson currently serves as a Senior Vice President at Teneo Strategy in Washington D.C. In his capacity, Orson interacts with global policy leaders and fortune 500 CEO’s on public policy matters. Before joining Teneo, Orson served as the Deputy Director of Government and Public Affairs for Nike, Inc. Prior to joining Nike, he was appointed by President William J. Clinton as Special Assistant to the President serving as a Director of Political Affairs.
Crystal Shawanda is Ojibway from Wikwemikong Unceded reserve in Canada. A country artist whose debut album was the highest charting by a Native American in Billboard history! A CCMA/Juno award winner, Crystal currently resides in Nashville Tennessee as the CEO of New Dawn Records.
Ernest L. Stevens, Jr.
Ernie is the Chairman and national spokesman for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). From 1993 to 1999, Stevens was an elected councilman for the Oneida Nation. He is former Vice-President of the National Congress of American Indians. Stevens is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.
Stacey is Ojibwe from the Red Lake and Lac Courte Oreilles Nations who has made a career in law and entertainment. She serves as the general counsel for the Red Lake Nation; and is a producer, television and film actress, and the host of the on-going PBS weekly news magazine series, Native Report, hosting more than 120 episodes since the shows inception in 2004.
A member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah is a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch. She serves as the Marketing Integration Executive for the Western Division. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Victoria worked at the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Gaming Association.