Benjamin H. Nuvamsa is a citizen and former Chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Prior to serving as chairman, he spent 34 years working for the federal government and specifically the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), during which time he authored several Indian self-determination policies for the BIA and the Department of the Interior. He currently serves as the President/CEO of KIVA Institute, LLC. Nuvamsa has extensive knowledge and experience in executive management and tribal governance areas and served on national work groups with the National Congress of American Indians, United Southern and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and Indian Health Service. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association in 1997 and a Citizenship Award from Arizona Governor Wesley Bolin. He is a member of the Bear Clan of Shungopavi and continues to fulfill his traditional obligations by participating in tribal ceremonies.