Rebecca Miles is Executive Director of the Nez Perce Tribe. Miles was elected to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC), the governing body of the Nez Perce Tribe, in May 2004. She chaired the Human Resources Subcommittee, served as Education Liaison, and was appointed NPTEC Secretary during her first year on NPTEC. She also began extensive work on the Snake River Basin Adjudication, including providing testimony before the Idaho Legislature. In May 2005, she was chosen by her peers as the first-ever Chairwoman of NPTEC, and re-elected the following year. She served in that capacity until 2010, when she resigned to become her tribe’s Executive Director.
Miles was chosen Woman of the Year by the Washington State University Alumni Association in March 2006. She also received the National River Hero Award in 2007 for her work on Endangered Species Act-listed species in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in 1997, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2002. [Source: Nez Perce Tribe]