Richard Arnold, Nevada Indian Commission

Richard Arnold is Southern Paiute and serves as Chairman of the Pahrump Paiute Tribe in Southern Nevada. He is recognized as a traditional leader and practitioner, gaining his knowledge and insight from the teachings and wisdom of his elders.

He earned his Associate of Arts Degree from Mt. San Antonio College followed by the completion of his undergraduate work at Cal-State Long Beach in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Administration and a minor in American Indian Studies. In 1977, he completed his graduate work in Educational Psychology and Counseling at Cal-State Long Beach, thus, establishing a foundation for his future undertakings.

Following is graduate work, Richard became the Executive Director of the Las Vegas Indian Center, a community based organization responsible for serving nearly 25,000 American Indians residing in southern Nevada. In 2007, after 30 years of service, he retired from the Las Vegas Indian Center to focus on other initiatives involving tribal communities. During his tenure, Richard was nominated by U.S. Senator Bob Dole from Kansas to serve as a Delegate to the White House Conference on Indian Education. He has authored and co-authored various reports and journal articles relating to American Indian issues and is listed in the Who’s Who of American Indians. In 2000, he was recognized by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, as Outstanding Administrator of the Year for a Non-Profit Organization. During his tenure, he was first appointed by Nevada Governor Richard Bryan to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission. In June 2013, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Indian Commission were he brings his vast experience focusing on developing innovative and progressive approaches for increasing tribal involvement.

Recognizing the importance of enhancing tribal involvement, seventeen tribes from Nevada, California, Utah and Utah appointed Richard to serve as the Spokesperson for the Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations who are collectively responsible for developing progressive relationships to enhance tribal relationships between numerous local, state and federal agencies.

Richard now assists the National Nuclear Security Administration-Nevada Site Office in coordinating tribal efforts for the Nevada National Security Site’s American Indian Consultation Program and in similar capacities for the Department of Defense-Nellis Air Force Base and other federal and State agencies in Nevada. He is affiliated with the Universities of Arizona and Portland State, where he applies different methods for increasing meaningful dialogue with an emphasis in enhancing government-to-government relations.