Jair Peltier 

Boozhoo aaniin, Jair Peltier n’dizhnikaas, mukwa dodem niinda’aw. Mikinak wajiiw n’doonjibaa. Jair Peltier is from bear clan of the Anishinaabe people in the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa (North Dakota). He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minoring in History and Anthropology. He was enrolled at the University of Southern California for a PhD program in Political Science and International Relations. Since 2019, he has received the Andrew Mellon graduate hours fellowship as well as the Cobell graduate scholarship. At USC, he was the graduate cultural ambassador to the Native American Pasifika Student Lounge and currently represents indigenous issues as a member of the Anti-Racism working group for the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. He is an adjunct professor at Turtle Mountain Community College in his home community, teaching American government and politics through the lens of local indigenous history and worldviews. His main research focus is on Indigenous sovereignty and tribal constitutional development.