Lisa John, Chickasaw, received a Bachelor's of Arts in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
She began working for the Chickasaw Nation in 1994, and currently serves as the Secretary of Culture and Humanities.
The department of culture and humanities includes the divisions of Arts & Humanities, History and Culture, Chickasaw Cultural Center and Historic Preservation
Under Lisa's leadership, the department of culture and humanities looks to preserve, protect and provide awareness about Chickasaw history and culture through efforts including instruction, art, and preservations efforts.
Lisa served as the Education Division Administrator from 2005-2012.
As the division of education administrator, Ms. John oversaw education programs offered by the Chickasaw Nation including early childhood (Head Start), child care services, education services, supportive programs, vocational rehabilitation and education administration.
In addition, Lisa
was instrumental in the establishment of the Chickasaw Nation
Native Explorer Program.
Prior to being named the Education Division Administrator, Lisa served as the lead negotiator for the Chickasaw Nation Office of Self Governance, specifically for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service programs.
In that position, she
negotiated the assumption of three major programs from the Bureau of Indian Affairs
: the Indian Reservation Roads program, court of federal offenses, and law enforcement.
After the assumption of law enforcement, Ms. John
was responsible for overseeing the creation and development of the Chickasaw Nation
Lighthorse Police Department.
Lisa serves on the Ada City Schools Foundation, Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education, Ada Chamber of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Center for Non-profits.
Only employed with the tribe for three and half months, the Secretary of the Department of Culture and Humanities
, Lisa John
, appointed Joe as her special assistant.