Jake Heflin is an enrolled Tribal member of the Osage Nation and Cherokee Nation. He is from the Wa-Xa-Ko-Li District and Tzi-Zho Wah-Shtah-Keh clan. His Osage name is Tah-Wah Gka-Keh (Town Maker). Jake is the current President and CEO of the Tribal Emergency Management Association – “iTEMA”.
Jake is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Long Beach Fire Department in California. He is currently assigned to the Community Services Division and serves as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager and Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Fire Department. Jake has been with the Long Beach Fire Department since 2000 and has been involved in emergency services for over 30 years. Jake lives in Lakewood, California with his son, Jace.
Dore Bietz (Northern and Southern Me-Wuk) resides on the Tuolumne Rancheria in Central California. After receiving a degree in Landscape Architecture, Ms. Bietz has worked for tribes specializing in realty and land use. As a former council woman, Dore understands the complexities of tribal governments and the need to foster better communication between tribes and outside agencies. An expert in California Indian land issues, Ms. Bietz has testified in front of Congress, worked with the administration on land regulations and served as a technical consultant to Tribes throughout the country.