Jake Heflin is an enrolled member of the Osage 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 for the Tribal Emergency Management Association – “iTEMA”.
Jake is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Long Beach Fire Department. Currently, Jake is assigned to the Community Services Division as serves as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager for the Fire Department. Jake has been involved in emergency services for over 22 years. He lives in Long Beach, California.
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.