Jeff Doctor (Seneca) is the Executive Director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition, an organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the rights of Indian Country as it relates to cannabis. Jeff brings two decades of business and political affairs experience. Driven to assist tribes throughout the U.S., Jeff works in Washington, D.C. where he developed an interest in the impact of politics in business and the direct relation to Native people. Determined to be a voice for his community, Jeff ran for U.S. Congress in 2010 as the Democratic candidate in North Carolina’s 9th district. Born to the Tonawanda Band of Seneca’s near Buffalo, NY, Jeff attended the State University of New York at Potsdam where the student-athlete graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 1995.
"Our purpose is to help Tribes navigate the complexities that exist when considering the cannabis industry as an economic development opportunity. We emphasize best practices, proven business models and legislative support, with our ultimate goal being to position Indian Country to optimize successful agricultural operations."
Allyson Doctor (Mohawk) is a Public Affairs and Communications Consultant, specializing in healthcare, strategic business development and government relations.
In 2014, Allyson received a Master of Science from Boston University in Health Communications while managing Communications and Public Relations for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. With 15 years of leadership and operations experience at one of the largest non-profit healthcare system’s in the southeast, Allyson was responsible for the patient navigation center providing virtual coordination of care. In 2015, Allyson co-founded the National Indian Cannabis Coalition to create an educational and legislative resource for elected leaders. In 2016, Allyson launched 44N Strategies, LLC. Allyson is a member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and resides in Avon, Colorado. She received her BA in Communications from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Lael Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) represents tribes and tribal organizations across the United States. After serving as in-house counsel for a tribe and its economic enterprises, Lael moved to Washington, D.C. to take a position as Legislative Director for the Native American Contractors Association and Counselor to the Chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Lael provides advice on tribal internal governance issues and economic development activities and strategic policy analysis on national tribal legislative and regulatory proposals. Lael is a Past-President of both the National Native American Bar Association and the Northwest Indian Bar Association. She is 2013 recipient of National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 Under 40” and is currently based in Washington, D.C.
"It is critical to understand both the complicated jurisdictional issues surrounding Indian Country and the legal gray area of the cannabis industry. Each tribal approach will be different and tribes and their potential partner must engage legal advisors who understand these complications. This is an art form. Failure to understand and appreciate these nuances leads to bad results for everyone."