NCAI Policy Research Center Staff

Amber D. Ebarb, Tlingit

Program Manager

Amber, a Tlingit from the Raven Dog salmon clan, L’eeneidi, grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.  She received a BA from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.  After graduating and working with tribal non-profits in Alaska, Amber came to the National Congress of American Indians and worked as a legislative associate.  Her portfolio includes  work on budget and appropriations issues, the fulfillment of the federal trust responsibility, contract support, and tribal consultation.  Her work on budget and legislative issues highlighted the need for more reliable research and data specifically for the American Indian population and tribal programs.  She began working with the NCAI Policy Research Center soon after its launch in 2003 with the desire to help bridge the gaps in research and data available for tribes.   As a program manager at the NCAI Policy Research Center, she heads the Census Information Center.  She looks forward to helping shift the discourse in Native policy from a problem-focused to future-thinking, proactive approach.

Peter Morris

Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Peter Morris has been involved in Indigenous policy, research and advocacy for over a decade both in his home country of Australia, and in the United States. He currently serves as the Center’s Director of Strategy and Partnerships. His work includes: managing the day-to-day operations of the center, coordinating policy research related to tribal governance and economic development, and leading the Center’s outreach to funders, mainstream think-tanks and academic research centers. Peter earned his Masters degree in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona and completed his undergraduate work at the University of New South Wales. Peter has also worked as Director of Policy for First Nations Development Institute and Director of Scholar Recruitment at the University of Arizona. His research has been published in academic journals and he has provided advice on Indigenous policy to senior policymakers in Australia and the US. 

Christina Redmond Daulton

Program Manager

Christina joined the Policy Research Center in August 2008. For the past ten years, she has been a researcher and policy analyst on higher education issues, mainly focusing on access and equity issues, including the contributions of tribal colleges and universities to their communities. Prior to joining NCAI, Christina worked for the Institute for Higher Education Policy and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. She brings strong research skills from both her academic training and work experience, and has written a number of publications for both organizational members and policymakers to use as tools for advocacy and program development. Christina supports a number of PRC projects and works directly with tribal leaders and their communities in providing the data and tools needed to empower their communities in shaping their own future. Christina is originally from Passaic, New Jersey, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in American Studies from The George Washington University.  

Puneet Kaur Chawla Sahota

Senior Research Fellow

Puneet completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis in May 2009. She is currently the Post-doctoral Fellow at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center (NCAI PRC) and is working on health policy issues for Native American communities. From 2006-2009, Puneet was a Research Fellow at the NCAI PRC, where she wrote papers on research regulation in Native American communities. Her Ph.D. dissertation was about the relationship between a Native American community and medical/genetics research, including ethical, political, and cultural issues. For her dissertation, Puneet spent 2 years working with a Native American community in the Southwest, and helped develop tribal policies on research regulation in addition to conducting in-depth interviews with community members on their views of medical/genetics research. This work was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. She recently presented her dissertation work to the Native American Interest Group at the Mayo Clinic and at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health. Puneet is also an MD candidate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and will be returning to medical school in summer 2010.

Emily White Hat

Program Manager

Emily White Hat received her Juris Doctor and a Natural Resources Law Certificate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in May 2007, where she received Clinical Honors for Outstanding Performance in the Law Clinic.  She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Forestry with a concentration in Fire Science and a minor in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Lakota History and Culture from Sinte Gleska University.

Following law school Emily returned home to the Rosebud Reservation where she worked as an assistant prosecutor. She has taught college-level courses such as Environmental Law and Land Tenure Issues at Sinte Gleska University.  Pursing her interest in land tenure issues Emily worked as the Deputy Director of Policy and Research for the Tribal Land Enterprise.  During this time Emily also worked as a Policy Analyst for Smith, Shelton & Ragona, LLC.

Emily has also been a legal researcher for the Utton Transboundary Resource Center and the Skokomish Indian Nation.  Emily is a member of the Aske Tiospaye of the Sicangu Lakota, and she was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.