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Terry Anderson

Terry L. Anderson has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1998. He is past president of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and a professor emeritus at Montana State University, where he won many teaching awards during his twenty-five-year career.

A founder of the “new resource economics,” Anderson was instrumental in developing the idea of using markets and property rights to solve environmental problems; in 2015 he published the third edition of his coauthored book Free Market Environmentalism. He is author or editor of thirty-nine books, including most recently, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (2016), which explores the institutional underpinnings of American Indian reservation economies. In addition to publishing in professional journals, Anderson speaks around the world and is often featured in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1972 and has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Basel University, Clemson University, and Cornell and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

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Manny Jules

Manny Jules was Chief of Kamloops Indian Band for 16 years, within which time he made great strides for aboriginal people. In 1974 he was elected councillor of Kamloops Indian Band for the first time, and in 1984 he was elected Chief. He is a distinguished First Nation leader and innovator who has devoted over 30 years of his life to First Nations entrepreneurship and self-government. Manny has created opportunities for First Nations' people in business and has furthered the goal of self-government.
As a co- founding member of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Manny had pushed for the passing of Bill C-115, the only First Nations led amendment to the Indian Act. He was also responsible by repatriating through purchase and negotiated settlement 45,000 acres of alienated Kamloops Indian Band reserve lands, and driving the passage in 1988 of Bill C-115, also known as "the Kamloops Amendment."

In 1989, Manny Jules was appointed as the first chairperson of the Indian Taxation Advisory Board and was reappointed twice. As well as these achievements, Manny Jules also co-founded the Centre for Municipal-Aboriginal Relations which led to the making of the First Nation Finance Authority and the Financial Management Board and Statistics.

After retiring as band chief in 2000, Manny turned his attention to creating First Nations fiscal institutions. Manny is still active, having recently being involved in the development of Bill C-19, the First Nation fiscal and statistical management act.

In 2003, he became lead spokesperson for the First Nation Fiscal Institutions Initiative and focused on leading Bill C-19, the First Nation Fiscal and Statistical Management Act. Aboriginal people throughout Canada and elsewhere have benefited greatly from Manny Jules’s pioneering leadership, commitment and innovation in First Nation legislation, self-government and entrepreneurship.

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Te Maire Tau

Te Maire is the director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury. He took up this position in 2011, having previously been a Senior Lecturer in History at the University. Te Maire belongs to Ngāi Tahu, the principal tribe of the South Island, and lives in Tuahiwi, the largest village of that tribe. During his years as an undergraduate and later as a postgraduate student at Canterbury, Te Maire helped iwi leaders with their land claim to the Waitangi Tribunal, with a particular emphasis on traditional food-gathering practices. As a specialist historian on oral traditions, tribal genealogies and indigenous knowledge systems, Te Maire was used as an expert witness and historian for the settlement of the Ngāi Tahu Claim - the largest settlement in its day between Māori and the Crown for lands wrongfully taken. Since then he has had a number of publications dealing with oral traditions and the relationship between indigenous knowledge systems and how they intersect with western science.