Vance Blackfox (Cherokee), Communications Director
Vance Blackfox is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and is a long-time advocate for Native youth and their educational success. He has most recently served as the Executive Director of the Haskell Foundation at Haskell Indian Nations University, working to promote the gifts of the University and to gather financial support from alumni, tribal nations and corporate investors. Previous his time at Haskell, he served as the Executive Director of the Oaks Indian Mission, a residential-care facility for Native children located in heart of the Cherokee Nation, which is also the oldest, continuously operating education and social service organization with, for and by Indian people in the United States.
Vance is a theologian, having completed a master’s degree and begun Ph.D. level coursework at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and focused his studies on Native Theology, the works of Vine Deloria, Jr, and Lutheran History in Native communities. Vance has also completed extensive graduate studies in Leadership and Ethics; and earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Ethnic/Cultural Studies from Texas Lutheran University.
Much of Vance’s leadership and professional service has been with organizations related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving as development editor and publisher of resources, as well as event producer. Vance is the creator of the Vine Deloria, Jr. Symposium at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Vance presently serves as an officer on the board of directors of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition; as active participant and American Indian & Alaska Native representative at the ELCA’s Theological Round Table; and as a member of the ELCA’s American Indian & Alaska Native Ministry Team.