Richard Meyers is the tribal relations specialist for Black Hills National Forest, USDA Forestry. He holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from Arizona State University and a Master's degree in English from the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College, where he was a fellow and faculty member. At South Dakota State University, he served as director of Tribal Outreach to the President, was program coordinator of American Indian Studies, and was assistant to the dean in the College of Arts and Sciences on matters of inclusion, diversity, and equity. In addition, Meyers served as a writer for the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs under both the Bush and Obama administrations and was a fellow in the Anthropology Department at the Smithsonian. As an Oglala (Lakota) Sioux tribal member, he is one of a small group of federally recognized tribal members to achieve a Ph.D. within the discipline of anthropology.