Our Board

Amber Fite-Morgan

President & National Board Member

Amber Fite-Morgan

Amber Fite-Morgan grew up near Tahlequah, Oklahoma and is a member the Cherokee Nation. She received her BA in Mass Communications with honors from Northeastern State University in 2002 and earned her JD from the University of Tulsa in 2005. She returned to Northeastern State University in Tahelquah, Oklahoma where she served as General Counsel from 2005 to 2015. During her tenure at Northeastern, she also served as Assistant to the President. In August 2015, Amber joined the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama, where she currently serves as General Counsel. From 2016 to 2018, she also served as the Chief Diversity Officer. Amber is a member of many professional, service, and community organizations such as the Alabama Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Cherokee Nation Bar Association. She is alumna of the 2010 Cherokee Nation Remember the Removal Bike Ride. Amber has received multiple honors and recognition for her efforts, including the 2014 NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40 Award and the 2015 Oklahoma 40 Under 40 Award.
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Judy Sizemore

Vice-President & National Board Member

Judy Sizemore

Judy Sizemore is a retired History educator who also served on Congressman Bud Cramer congressional staff. Judy had the honor to serve as the founding director of Alabama’s only National Heritage Area, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. Judy has a passion in sharing her love of history.
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Anita Flanagan

Secretary

Anita Flanagan

Anita Flanagan, Board Member and current Secretary for the Alabama Chapter of TOTA. I have owned a small business for 27 years in Tuscumbia, Al. I have lived in Tuscumbia since I was in school. I originally am from the Big Witch Community of Cherokee, N.C. and am proud to say that I am an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.
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Steve Stanley

Treasurer

Steve Stanley

Steve Stanley currently serves as a board member for the Alabama Trail of Tears Association.
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Seth Armstrong

Board Member

Seth Armstrong

Seth Armstrong is a graduate of the graduate history program at the University of North Alabama. He is currently the historical consultant for Native American history for the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, and serves on the board of directors for the Oka Kapassa Festival.
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Jeffery Bibbee

Board Member

Jeffrey Bibbee

Jeffrey Bibbee lives in Florence, Alabama, and is currently a Professor of History at the University of North Alabama and an Associate Dean for the UNA College of Arts and Sciences.
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Deidra Suwanee Dees, Ed.D.

Board Member

Deidra Suwanee Dees, Ed.D.

Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees is the Director/Tribal Archivist for the Office of Archives and Records Management at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Dr. Dees obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of South Alabama and her Master of Science degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She earned her doctorate degree at Harvard, writing her dissertation on the Muscogee Education Movement which documents the turbulent sociopolitical journey that Creeks traveled in the Southeast to achieve equal access to public education in the 1920s to the 1940s. In her second job, Dr. Dees teaches in the Native American Studies Program at the University of South Alabama which was initiated by the sponsorship of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in 2014.
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