Speaker: Michael Stopp, Chief of Staff, Congressman Markwayne Mullin
Topic: Federal legislative update regarding current legislation affecting tribes, Native Americans and business owners.
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Michael Stopp, Tahlequah, is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin While working with Congressman Mullin, Mike has worked in communications, constituent relations and external affairs. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Stopp also serves on the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 32, Leadership Native Oklahoma Class 2 and Tahlequah Leadership Class 16. Volunteering in the community is a passion for Mike. He has volunteered for multiple organizations including the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, American Indian Merit Award, Help-In-Crisis, and other service and education programs. While a cadet at West Point, he was the co-founder for the Native American Heritage Forum. The Forum was established to recruit American Indian cadets, establish a community for Native cadets while attending the U.S. Military Academy, and to expose cadets and faculty to Native American culture while at the academy. The program was copied and adopted at both the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.
Along with volunteering, Stopp is a high school sports official and amateur actor. This summer he will officiate the indigenous bowl which is an all-star football game for American Indian, High School football players from across the country. While he has performed in many local productions, his most accomplished acting debut was in live performances and a short film detailing the life of his 7th great-grandmother, Nanyehi.