When Cheryl A. Seidner served as tribal chairwoman for the Wiyot Tribe from 1996–2008, you could frequently find her “burning the midnight oil” in her office, or attending functions on behalf of the Tribe. She has represented the tribe to other governments at the city, county, state, and national level. She served as executive secretary for Indian Action Council of Northwestern California, secretary for Northern California Indian Education Project, chairwoman for Northern California Indian Development Council, board member for KEET TV, Sacramento area vice president of NCAI, board member for Humboldt County Historical Society, a guest lecturer at various colleges, and AWANA director. Cheryl was honored and acknowledged for her contributions to Humboldt State University and the community. On May 17, 2008, she received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from HSU and the California State University system. Now retired from Humboldt State after 28 years, Cheryl is in pursuit of the next phase of her life -- more time with family and tending to her business Tik Wolana Welth, “beads and things,” and exploring new ventures.
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