ᎣᏏᏲ ᏂᎦᏓ, Brian Barlow ᏓᏆᏙᎥ. ᏔᎵᏆ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᏥᏁᎳ. ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏯᏩᏕᏘᏴᏓ. ᏥᏣᎳᎩ. Osiyo Nigada, Brian Barlow dagwado'i. Taligwa, Ogalahoma Tsinela. Talsgo sonela yawadetiyd. TsiTsalagi.
Brian Barlow (he/him/his) is Cherokee from Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is the son of Bridget Shea Sanders and Thomas Raymond Barlow and the Grandson of Thomas Raymond Barlow Sr. and Betty Ballinger-Smith. Brian is a 2012 graduate of Tahlequah High School, a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholar, a 2015 PPIA Alumnus, a 2015 Udall Scholar, and a 2016 graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Throughout his undergraduate career Brian served as Secretary, and later Male Co-President, of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Youth Commission. Spanning four collective years in office, Brian worked diligently alongside fellow Native Youth to develop a strong set of Bylaws for the group and to increase accessibility of NCAI Annual events to Native Youth Leaders. In the fall of 2016, Brian returned home to Tahlequah where he completed the Cherokee Nation Remember the Removal Bike Ride program riding with team members from both the Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians where they rode approximately 950 miles from New Echota, Georgia, to Tahlequah, OK, on the Northern route of the Trail of Tears.
Brian brings with him experience working in adminstration of a federal grant program, development of program evaluation measures, and analysis of instituional data. Brian currently serves as Secretary for the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) Board of Directors and Community Outreach Coordinator for 4Next7, both organizations are headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In his spare time Brian enjoys planning piano, spending time with famlily and friends, and enjoying the outdoors.
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