Allen Pemberton is a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. He has spent the last 31 years working with the department of natural resources at Red Lake. In 1980, he started his natural resources career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a forestry technician. When the Red Lake Band became a self-governance tribe in 1997, he transferred to Red Lake's natural resources department. In 2001, he became Director of the Red Lake Band's Department of Natural Resources. He oversees the natural resource management activities of Red Lake, which encompasses more land than the State of Rhode Island. His leadership and guidance were instrumental in the recovery of the Red Lake walleye population.
Currently, he is the senior member on the Red Lake Tribal Council, serving as a district representative for the past 11 years. He also is a member of the Red Lake Fisheries Technical Committee. In 2008, Pemberton received the Glen Miller Tribal Leader of the Year Award from the Great Lakes Region Native American Fish and Wildlife Society.