Bio:

Todd Goodman – Native American Political Activist – is an experienced and nationally trained organizer who has worked on several political campaigns. Having served as Field Director, Communications Director, Executive Director and then Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Todd is accustomed to working with legislators from all parts of the state and both sides of the aisle. Todd’s experience, relationships, and understanding of the legislative process combine to give him the tools to navigate the political system.  Todd has served as Vice-Chair to the Caddo nation since 2009, and previously served on the Housing Authority for the tribe.  He is currently the Development Manager for the RIVERSPORT Foundation whose mission is to inspire excellence, enhance communities, and change lives through Olympic sports and outdoor urban adventures. The Foundation is helping Oklahoma City become a stronger, healthier community through expanding access and removing cultural barriers to outdoor sports and recreation.  RIVERSPORT provides free youth outreach programs to thousands each year, and received national recognition from the Outdoor Foundation for our efforts to build an outdoor culture.

Goodman worked for Indigenous Democratic Network’s List and State Sen. Andrew Rice.  In addition to dedicating his time and energy to the Democratic Party and the Caddo Nation, Goodman has also served on the board of the Housing Authority and as a Gaming Commissioner for the Caddo Nation.  Goodman has a degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Programs:

To all My Relations

In this multi-media presentation, Mr. Goodman discusses some of the challenges and opportunities he sees in Indian Country today, from cultural appropriation, decolonization, to the expansion of Sovereignty happening nationally across Indian Country.   Grounded in his personal and family experience, Mr. Goodman addresses major issues such as energy, environmental concerns, and the effects of gaming both on individuals and on tribes and nations.  He also discusses difficulties we must address, protecting sacred sites and native lands, stereotypes and cultural appropriation, and historical trauma, Mr. Goodman will discuss these matters in the context of the juxtaposition within Indian Country between preserving our ancient culture and living in the modern world.