MEET OUR SPEAKERS
CHANCE LEE RUSH
Chance Lee Ruch Is an enrolled member of the three affiliated tribes (Hidatsa), of North Dakota. Originating from the Northern Plains and from New Town, ND with an Oklahoma upbringing. Chance currently resides in Tulsa with his wife Tyler English-Rush and their children. His foundation was established by his God given ability as a runner and his faith in God. His vision was created in a dorm room in 1998 while attending Haskell Indian Nations University and his outreach was established out of a small room on Hope Avenue in El Reno, OK. Chance learned early that he could use his athletic talents as a means to accomplish great things. He developed incredible drive and discipline to overcome all obstacles that stood in his way. His hard work opened many doors for him. He ran a successful college career and most importantly, ultimately earned his degree. Today, he serves as a consultant to tribes and organizations across the country in reference to business, community outreach, staff trainings, and curriculum development. Chance knew he had experienced some great things and learned many valuable lessons along the way. His passion for strengthening Native communities combined with his experiences led him to the development of Cloudboy Consulting. Chance travels throughout the United States and Canada to work with Native communities in efforts to inspire, heal, motivate, and energize. He has a talent for using his energy and humor to spread a simple message, “Use your personal talents to lead you to greatness.” He promotes healthy living and lives his life alcohol and drug free.
OTHER TRIBAL AFFILIATIONS: (Dakota, Otoe, Arapaho, and Oneida) When he’s not in a community or on the road, he can be found running his favorite trail, golfing, at Lifetime Fitness, and spending time with his family. Chance is very proud of his most challenging work to raise strong, spiritual, independent children.
MARY KIM TITLA
Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, is a Native American youth advocate, former TV broadcaster and a former school administrator. A 20-year veteran TV News Reporter, she spent most of her career working for NBC affiliate stations in Arizona. In 2007 she was inducted into the Cronkite Hall of Fame at Arizona State University. She estimates telling as many as 5,000 stories during her career and has received awards from the Associated Press, Arizona Press Club and the Native American Journalists Association. Currently, she serves as Executive Director for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY), a national non-profit organization promoting youth leadership, citizenship and personal development among Native American youth. Part of UNITY’s mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of Native American youth.
UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native American youth. UNITY has an impressive track record of empowering and serving American Indian and Alaska Native youth. UNITY is well regarded among the nation’s Native American organizations, tribal leaders, and government officials.
PJ Vegas is an indigenous RnB/Hip-Hop artist,activist from Los Angeles CA. He is a 2018 Native American Music Award Winner and MTV VMA winner for Best Video with a Message in 2017. PJ Vegas is also the son of Pat Vegas who’s the founder and member of Legendary Native American Rock group REDBONE.
Sedelta Oosahwee(Three Affiliated/Cherokee) currently serves as a Senior Program/Policy Analyst/Specialist (American Indian/Alaska Native Liaison) with the National Education Association (NEA). In this role she serves as a team lead on racial justice in education, manages national partnerships, and advises on American Indian and Alaska Native issues. Prior to NEA, Sedelta served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture and as Associate Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education at the United States Department of Education. Before moving to Washington DC, Sedelta worked for the Cherokee Nation, Ietan Consulting, LLC, and Northeastern State University. Sedelta has worked on behalf of tribes in various capacities at the tribal, state and national level. She is from Tahlequah, OK and earned a B.A. in Public Affairs and Administration and a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma.