NPTEC Member Biographies:

Roberta Bisbee

Roberta J. Bisbee

Hello my name is Roberta Josephine Bisbee. I am a descendent of Chief Twisted Hair, Chief Lawyer,  Chief Red Wolf of the Alpowa Band, and the Wallowa Band. I was born and raised in the Lapwai Valley to Jennifer Ramsey and Fredbert Jose’, the granddaughter of the late Roberta Moffett and Fred Jose’ and Josephine Paul and Aaron Ramsey. I was also fortunate to have my grandpa Don Taylor and Smokey Raboin in my life. We are aware of the drug and alcohol problems facing many of our native people, I was not immune from this, my grandmother Josie raised me.

 I attended school in the Lapwai School District, after graduating from Lapwai High School in 1998 I married Michael Bisbee, Jr., we have three beautiful children- Micah (11), Michael III (5), and Madden (2). I worked with the Nez Perce Tribe Finance Department for two years before I went on to finish my four year degree at University of Montana –Western (Dillon, MT) majoring in business and graduating Cum Laude.  While attending college I worked with the Education Opportunity Program, Housekeeping, and the Business Office. Currently I am pursuing my Masters in Business through the University of Idaho.

My first employment opportunity was when I was sixteen working for the Nez Perce Tribe Fire Management Department then transferred to the Nez Perce Tribe Plant Maintenance/Housekeeping Program which kept me employed my Junior and Senior year in high school. From 1998-2005 I would work my winter, spring, and summer breaks for the Nez Perce Tribe; Executive Office, Water Resource Department, Human Resource Department, and Wildlife Department. Upon returning from Dillon I became employed with the Human Resource Department as the Benefits Specialist & HR Generalist for both the Nez Perce Tribe and the Clearwater River Casino. Currently I am the administrator for the Board of Trustees for the 401K plan for all four tribal entities. My past employment demonstrates a high level of responsibility and I am known for working well under pressure.

Community activities include:

         Member of the Parent Committee for Early Childhood Development Program.

         Coordinator for the Annual Christmas Store

         Historical Trauma Task Force Member

         Founding member of the first Indian Club at the University of Montana-Western 2000 to 2005

         Coordinated the Native American Indian Day activities for the Lapwai Community

         Former Vice President of the Chief Joseph Memorial Pow Wow 1997

My personal attributes include outgoing, empathetic, dedicated, responsible, and flexible.  I approach issues with common sense. I am honest, hard working, a good listener, an educator, and dependable individual who is willing to sacrifice for the greater good. 

I will bring a positive attitude, fresh outlook on growth and opportunities, with the willingness to learn and listen.   I am solution focused, fair minded, driven, and more importantly truly care about the future of our tribe in regards to economic development, treaty rights, and education. More specifically, developing employment opportunities, further developing workforce skills, managing relationships within our communities, and promoting diversity within the economy.

Let’s move forward as one-


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