Josh Riley is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and serves the Choctaw Nation as its Senior Federal Government Relations Strategist in the Government Relations Department. Josh is also an adjunct professor of Native American Studies at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Josh works as a government liaison, corresponding and facilitating vital government to government relationships. As a powerful advocate for Native Nations, he successfully lobbied for $62 million in public safety funding in 2022 for six Native Nations in eastern Oklahoma. In collaboration with the "Get out the Vote" campaign, he helped coordinated the registration of nearly 400 Choctaw Nation voters in the 2022 election cycle.
An accomplished advocate for Native youth and language preservation, Josh has taught Choctaw language classes from the middle school level through the university level. He also stays close to culture and is devoted to sharing knowledge with youth and being a role model, he has introduced stickball, dancing and songs to countless students through culture camps and other public events.
In 2017, Josh completed the Leadership Native Oklahoma where he took part in interactive learning opportunities, one-of-a-kind experiences, and high-level introductions to outstanding community and Tribal leaders.
Josh received a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in education with a minor in Native American Studies and Choctaw Language and Culture from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Josh is married and is the father of four children. They reside in Southeastern Oklahoma.
BOARD MEMBER Josh Riley
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