USET/USET SPF Leadership

Executive Officers Committee

President – Chief Kirk Francis, Sr.

Kirk Francis is the Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, which is located at Indian Island, Maine. He has served as Chief of the Nation since 2006 and holds the distinction of being the longest serving Chief of the Penobscot Nation since the electoral system began in 1850. Prior to becoming USET/USET SPF President, he served as Treasurer.

In addition to serving in leadership to his Tribal Nation and USET/USET SPF, he also chairs the Natural Resource Committee of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).

Chief Francis was born and raised on Indian Island, Maine, the home of the Penobscot Indian Nation. He has deep cultural ties to the people, the land, and the river. He is an avid outdoorsman practicing the traditions of hunting and fishing for which his family is well known.

Vice President – Vice Chairman Robert McGhee

Robert “Robbie” McGhee serves as the Vice Chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and has been an advocate for Native American issues at all levels of government. Robbie holds a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. In addition to serving in leadership to his Tribal Nation and USET/USET SPF, he serves on the Board of the National Indian Child Welfare Board, Children First Alabama, is a member of the Secretary’s Health and Human Services Tribal Advisory Committee, and the Board of Advisors for the Center for Native American Youth and the Native American Rights Fund.

Treasurer – Chief B. Cheryl Smith

B. Cheryl Smith has spent her professional career working in various capacities for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, including as a member of Tribal Council from 1975 until 1998, and from 2004 until 2010. She was a part of the Tribal leadership that was instrumental in their Tribal Nation obtaining federal recognition. She was elected the first woman Chief in 1998. Under Chief Smith’s leadership, the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians has enjoyed sustained economic development and growth, including the opening and planned development of several diverse businesses, which have enabled the Tribal Nation to provide additional programs for and services benefits to Tribal citizens.

Secretary – Chief Lynn “Many Hearts” Malerba

Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, which is a lifetime appointment, and is the first female Chief in the Tribe’s modern history. Prior to becoming Chief, she served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and also worked in Tribal Government as Executive Director of Health and Human Services. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut, an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Joseph in Hartford, earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Yale University, and was named a Jonas Scholar.

USET/USET SPF Board of Directors

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Nita Battise – Chairwoman
Ricky Sylestine – Vice Chairman

Aroostook Band of Micmacs
Edward Peter-Paul – Tribal Chief
Richard Silliboy – Vice Chief

Catawba Indian Nation
William Harris – Chief
Jason Harris – Assistant Chief

Cayuga Nation
Clint Halftown – Nation Representative
Sharon LeRoy – Secretary

Chickahominy Indian Tribe
Stephen Adkins – Chief
Wayne Adkins  – Assistant Chief & Financial Officer

Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division
Gerald A. “Jerry” Stewart – Chief
Charles Bradby – Councilman

Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana
Melissa Darden – Chairman
April Wyatt – Vice Chairman

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Jonathan Cernek – Chairman
Crystal Williams – Vice Chairman

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Richard Sneed – Principal Chief
Richard French – Tribal Council Chairman


Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
Clarissa E. Sabattis – Tribal Chief
Crystal Tucker – Tribal Council

Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
B. Cheryl Smith – Tribal Chief, USET/USET SPF Treasurer
Libby Rogers – Council Member

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Rodney Butler – Chairman
Latoya Cluff – Vice Chairwoman

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Brian Weeden – Chairman
Carlton Hendricks – Vice Chairman

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
Billy Cypress – Chairman
Petties Osceola, Jr – Lawmaker

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Cyrus Ben – Chief
Ronnie Henry – Vice Chief

The Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut
R. James Gessner – Chairman
Lynn “Many Hearts” Malerba – Chief, USET/USET SPF Secretary

Monacan Indian Nation
Kenneth Branham – Chief
Adrian Compton – Tribal Administrator

Nansemond Indian Nation
Earl Bass – Chief
Keith Anderson – Assistant Chief

Narragansett Indian Tribe
Anthony Dean Stanton – Chief Sachem
Cassius Spears, Jr – First Councilman

Oneida Indian Nation
Ray Halbritter – Nation Representative
Brian Patterson – Council Member, Bear Clan 

Pamunkey Indian Tribe
Robert Gray – Chief
Tim Langston – Assistant Chief

Passamaquoddy Tribe – Indian Township Reservation
William Nicholas – Chief
Darrell Newell – Vice Chief

Passamaquoddy Tribe – Pleasant Point Reservation
Elizabeth “Maggie” Dana – Chief
Ernest Neptune – Vice Chief

Penobscot Indian Nation
Mark Sockbeson – Vice Chief
Lee Francis – Tribal Councilwoman

Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Stephanie A. Bryan – Chairwoman
Robert R. McGhee – Vice Chairman, USET/USET SPF Vice President


Rappahannock Tribe
G. Anne Richardson – Chief
Mark “Thunder Hawk” Fortune – Assistant Chief

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Michael L. Connors – Chief
Beverly Cook – Chief

Seminole Tribe of Florida
Marcellus Osceola – Chairman
Jim Shore – General Counsel

Seneca Nation of Indians
Matthew Pagels – President
Rickey Armstrong, Sr – Treasurer

Shinnecock Indian Nation
Bryan A Polite – Chairman
Randy King – Vice Chairman

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Marshall Pierite – Chairman
Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr – Vice Chairman

Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe
W. Frank Adams – Chief
Reggie Tupponce – Tribal Administrator

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
Cheryl Andrews-Maltais – Chairwoman
Al Clark, Jr. – Vice Chairman


Past Presidents

Brian Patterson

Oneida Indian Nation, 2006-2016

Keller George

Oneida Indian Nation, 1994-2006

Eddie L. Tullis

Poarch Band of Creek Indians, 1990-1993

Joel M. Frank

Seminole Tribe of Florida, 1986-1989

Leonard V. Garrow

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 1982-1985

Michael Tiger

Seminole Tribe of Florida, 1978-1982

Jonathan Larch Taylor

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, 1976-1977

Howard Tommie

Seminole Tribe of Florida, 1973-1976

Phillip Martin

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, 1971-1972

Emmett York

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, 1970-1971

Joe Dan Osceola

Seminole Tribe of Florida, 1969-1970

Presidents Emeritus of USET

Keller George

Oneida Indian Nation

Buffalo Tiger

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

Betty Mae Jumper

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

The Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2013 in recognition of Chairman Earl. J. Barbry, Sr., Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and his exemplary leadership and dedication to the citizens of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Nation, Indian Country and his promotion over the years of USET's mission and statement of Unity.

Earl J. Barbry, Sr.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Osley Bird Saunooke, Jr.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Joe Dan Osceola

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Robert Glenn Thrower, Jr.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians