Northeastern State University’s College of Liberal Arts has announced Kim Teehee as its sixth Sequoyah Fellow.
Teehee is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is the executive director of government relations for Cherokee Nation and vice president of government relations for Cherokee Nation Businesses. She was also recently nominated by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to be the tribe’s first-ever delegate to U.S. Congress.
“I am deeply honored about returning to the NSU campus in this capacity. It remains an important place for me personally, a university where I was inspired and challenged. And for the Cherokee Nation, NSU will forever be an iconic partner because of the shared history of the school and the tribe,” Teehee said. “I look forward to interacting with the current students and hope what I am able to impart is beneficial, especially to all the Native American students.”
Prior to joining Cherokee Nation, she served as partner for the Mapetsi Policy Group, a Washington, D.C. based federal advocacy group representing Indian tribes and tribal organizations. She served former President Barack Obama as the first-ever senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council for four years.
Teehee said she is especially proud of her work toward the administration’s support of proposed legislation to hold all perpetrators of domestic violence accountable for their crimes against Native American women, closing a jurisdictional gap in Indian country. She also played a key role in three White House Tribal Nations Conferences and led a government-wide team to ensure that progress was being made on tribal policy and legislative priorities.
Prior to serving in the White House, Teehee was senior advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Native American Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Dale Kildee. Serving the bi-partisan caucus for nearly 12 years, she established an impressive record of accomplishments on a wide array of Native American issues, including appropriations, education, economic development, energy, health care, housing, agriculture and transportation.