Roy Sampsel (Choctaw/Wyandotte) is Director and a member of the Policy Board of the Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University (PSU), as well as a board member for PSU's Tribal Leadership Forum. He also serves as President of Global Resources Inc., a natural resources and management consulting firm located in Portland, Oregon. For the past 30 years, he has worked extensively with northwest and other Native nation governments on inter-governmental relations and fish, wildlife, water and energy policy.
From 1971-1976, Sampsel served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for the Pacific Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska). During his tenure, he assisted the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the development and passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (1975). From 1977-79, he served as the first Executive Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, an inter-tribal agency established to protect the treaty fishing rights of the Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla and Nez Perce Tribes. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Portland State University.