Tex Hall, former chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota, will presentToday in Indian CountryApril 7 at West Virginia University .

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is at 6:30 p.m. in Room G15 of the Life Sciences Building. It is part of Halls Native American Studies three-day residency, which includes a luncheon colloquium, classroom presentations and student and faculty meetings.

Hall,Ihbudah Hishi(Red Tipped Arrow), is nationally recognized as a two-term president of the National Congress of American Indians and for being twice elected chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. He was one of the founders of the Native American Bank and served as chairman of the board of directors from 2001 to 2007.

Hall is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Inter-Tribal Economic Alliance, a national coalition of Indian tribes, Alaska native corporations and native Hawaiian communities formed in 2001 to fight poverty on native lands by creating Indian jobs and businesses.

The Inter-Tribal Economic Alliance now owns or controls companies across the United States that develop energy resources on Indian lands, sell all-natural beef and buffalo meats, operate Defense Department contracts for digital conversion and promote tribal forestry. The organization also operates a private equity investment fund.

Tex Halls accomplishments as a leader extend far beyond Indian country,said Bonnie Brown , coordinator of the Native American Studies Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.Of particular interest to our state is his expertise in the area of energy resource expansion and overall economic development to revitalize impoverished communities. His numerous congressional testimonies on behalf of this countrys 562 sovereign native nations help illustrate his deep commitment not just to economic issues, but to education, religious freedom and cultural preservation.

Hall founded Maheshu Energy LLC , a native-owned energy corporation heavily involved in oil and gas leasing and development in the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota. The U.S. Geological Survey recently estimated there are 3.65 billion barrels of oil in the Bakken, the single largest oil find in U.S. history. Maheshu is one of the leading oil and gas lease consultants on the Fort Berthold Reservation, which sits atop the Bakken.

In addition to Inter-Tribal Economic Alliance endeavors, Hall founded and owns Red Tipped Arrow LLC , a consulting firm that provides business and financial services to Indian tribes, tribal business and firms that wish to do business with Indian tribes.

Hall earned a bachelors degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., and a masters degree in education from the University of South Dakota. He served as school principal and then superintendent at the Mandaree School on the Fort Berthold Reservation for 11 years.

In 1995, Hall was named North Dakota Indian Educator of the Year. In 2002, he received the University of Mary Leadership Awardhis alma maters highest award of distinctionfor his dedication to education.

This years Native American Studies residency is sponsored by the Carolyn Reyer Endowment for Native American Studies, Milan Puskar Leadership Scholars Program , College of Business and Economics , College of Human Resources and Education and Department of Psychology , with support from the Clarion Hotel Morgan.

For more information, e-mail Bonniem.Brown@mail.wvu.edu