Bobbie Conner

Pendleton, OR

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About Bobbie

Bobbie Conner serves as the Director of the Tamástslikt (Tah-mahst-slickt) Cultural Institute and works to perpetuate the knowledge and histories of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla people. Bobbie, who grew up on the Umatilla Reservation near Pendleton, spent her early career in Seattle working for the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. After earning a Master’s of Management from Willamette University, and working for 13 years for the Small Business Administration, she returned to her Oregon home in 1997. She has been working to depict an accurate history of the tribes of the Columbia River Basin and contribute to the tribal economy ever since. In 2007, Bobbie received the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award.

Bobbie has served on an array of boards, including as vice chair of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Board of Directors and as co-chair of its Circle of Tribal Advisors as well as the board of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon. She also served on the boards of the Wallowa Homeland Project and the Oregon Cultural Trust. In addition to being named chair of the Board of Trustees at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2012, she currently serves on the board of the American Alliance of Museums.