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Dr. Leah J Carpenter

Associate Professor, 3M Chair of Accounting

Accounting

Office: DH 126

Phone: (218) 755-2515

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Teaching Experience

  • 2001 Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
  • 1999-2001 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997-98 Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, MN
  • 1990-91 Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

Areas of assigned teaching responsibility currently

Primarily teach Financial Information for Life and Accounting Principles I. My position also includes reassigned time from teaching responsibilities for mentoring and building relations with current and potential American Indian students and with regional and national American Indian communities.

Education background

  • 2008 Ph.D. conferred, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
  • 1989 J.D., University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • 1985 B.A. cum laude, Political Science/Indian Studies and Business Administration, Bemidji State University

Prior experience not in teaching:

  • Jan. 2005-Dec. 2008 President, Leech Lake Tribal College
  • Sept. 2003-Jan.2005 Interim President, Leech Lake Tribal College
    Chief executive officer responsible for administration of all College operations, for provision of strong educational leadership, and for development of College into comprehensive institution of higher education.
  • July 2002-Sept 2003 Vice-President, Leech Lake Tribal College
    Plan, implement, and support institutional priorities and goals, and assess and allocate institutional resources
  • Oct. 2001-June 2002 Dean of Instruction, Leech Lake Tribal College
    Supervised faculty, organized and supervised all academic committees, developed college catalog and academic course schedules, led accreditation processes, implemented restructuring of academic departments and general studies program, pursued articulation agreements and other educational partnerships, supervised library services and community education, and assumed general oversight over many grant funded activities and programs.
  • 1997-199 Prosecutor, Leech Lake Tribal Court
    Prosecuted cases involving violations of Band?s Conservation Code. Worked with officers and court personnel on enforcement and court development issues. Developed case management system.
  • 1996- 1997 Director, White Earth Constitutional Reform Project
    Developed and directed project initiating constitutional reform movement. Involved community through public meetings, community education classes, reporting through regular news column and radio interviews. Researched tribal documents, analyzed various constitutions and applicable laws, worked with tribal officials and attorneys. Coordinated and directed people's committee that drafted proposed Constitution for public review.
  • 1990-1996 Executive Director and Staff Attorney, Anishinabe Legal Services
    Administered Indian legal services office. Managed fiscal, personnel, and Board duties. Represented program at tribal, state, and national levels. Provided training on Indian legal issues. Assisted in tribal negotiations on child support jurisdictional issues.

Professional Membership

  • Currently a member of the Bemidji Area Indian Center Board of Directors, Board Treasurer

Publications

Policy Analysis of the Land into Trust Acquisition Provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act: Tribal Opportunities, Obstacles, and Opposition, in Wicazo Sa Review, A Journal of Native American Studies, University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2000, Vol. 15, No. 1: pp.29-48

Presentations, Training and Workshops

  • Panelist member to introduce Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State, "Civic Leadership: Building a Vibrant Democracy, Minnesota Campus Compact" 2008
  • Panelist, "Writing the Report and Team Expectations for Initial Candidacy," Workshop on Self-Study, Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting 2006
  • Panelist, Conducting the Self-Study Process for Initial Candidacy, Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting 2005
  • Panelist, Shaping Our Lives: The Impact of Native Literature on Tribal College Teachers, Administrators, and Students, Native American Literature Symposium 2004
  • Presentation on Tracking the Land: Indigenous Land Ownership Patterns on Three Minnesota Ojibwe Reservations, Ethnohistory Conference 2001
  • Presentation on Tribal Land Ownership Patterns, Western Social Sciences Conference 2000
  • Trainer, Minneapolis Tribal Conservation Enforcement Officer Training Standards Board 1998
  • Panelist, "Tribal Courts in Minnesota" sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section and the Minnesota Attorney General's Office Continuing Legal Education Seminar on "Indian Law For State, County and Local Government Attorneys," (invited) 1997
  • Panelist, "Issues Affecting Indian Allottees sponsored by the Federal Bar Association?s Annual Federal Indian Law Conference" (invited) 1995

Awards, honors, and recognitions:

  • Jan. 2005-Dec. 2008 President, Leech Lake Tribal College
  • Sept. 2003-Jan.2005 Interim President, Leech Lake Tribal College
    Chief executive officer responsible for administration of all College operations, for provision of strong educational leadership, and for development of College into comprehensive institution of higher education.
  • July 2002-Sept 2003 Vice-President, Leech Lake Tribal College
    Plan, implement, and support institutional priorities and goals, and assess and allocate institutional resources
  • Oct. 2001-June 2002 Dean of Instruction, Leech Lake Tribal College
    Supervised faculty, organized and supervised all academic committees, developed college catalog and academic course schedules, led accreditation processes, implemented restructuring of academic departments and general studies program, pursued articulation agreements and other educational partnerships, supervised library services and community education, and assumed general oversight over many grant funded activities and programs.
  • 1997-199 Prosecutor, Leech Lake Tribal Court
    Prosecuted cases involving violations of Band?s Conservation Code. Worked with officers and court personnel on enforcement and court development issues. Developed case management system.
  • 1996- 1997 Director, White Earth Constitutional Reform Project
    Developed and directed project initiating constitutional reform movement. Involved community through public meetings, community education classes, reporting through regular news column and radio interviews. Researched tribal documents, analyzed various constitutions and applicable laws, worked with tribal officials and attorneys. Coordinated and directed people's committee that drafted proposed Constitution for public review.
  • 1990-1996 Executive Director and Staff Attorney, Anishinabe Legal Services
    Administered Indian legal services office. Managed fiscal, personnel, and Board duties. Represented program at tribal, state, and national levels. Provided training on Indian legal issues. Assisted in tribal negotiations on child support jurisdictional issues.
    • Current a member of the Bemidji Area Indian Center Board of Directors, Board Treasurer
    • Panelist member to introduce Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State, "Civic Leadership: Building a Vibrant Democracy, Minnesota Campus Compact" 2008
    • Panelist, "Writing the Report and Team Expectations for Initial Candidacy," Workshop on Self-Study, Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting 2006
    • Panelist, Conducting the Self-Study Process for Initial Candidacy, Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting 2005
    • Panelist, Shaping Our Lives: The Impact of Native Literature on Tribal College Teachers, Administrators, and Students, Native American Literature Symposium 2004
    • Presentation on Tracking the Land: Indigenous Land Ownership Patterns on Three Minnesota Ojibwe Reservations, Ethnohistory Conference 2001
    • Presentation on Tribal Land Ownership Patterns, Western Social Sciences Conference 2000
    • Trainer, Minneapolis Tribal Conservation Enforcement Officer Training Standards Board 1998
    • Panelist, "Tribal Courts in Minnesota" sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section and the Minnesota Attorney General's Office Continuing Legal Education Seminar on "Indian Law For State, County and Local Government Attorneys," (invited) 1997
    • Panelist, "Issues Affecting Indian Allottees sponsored by the Federal Bar Association?s Annual Federal Indian Law Conference" (invited) 1995
    • 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award, Bemidji State University
    • 2006 National TRiO Achievers Award, Council for Opportunity in Education
    • 2002 Dissertation Research Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation
    • 1999 Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award for Minorities, Ford Foundation
    • 1995 Native Women Lawyers Award, Bemidji Area Community Feast and  Honoring Ceremony
    • 1989 George H. Young Memorial Award, University of Wisconsin School of Law
    • 1985 Political Science Major Student Award, Bemidji State University
    • 1985 Delegate to 17th Air Force Academy Assembly, Bemidji State University
    • 1984 Outstanding Indian Student Award, Bemidji State University
    • 1984 American Indian Studies Major Student Award, Bemidji State University
    • 1983 Council of Indian Students Achievement Award, Bemidji State University