MBPC is excited to announce Daliyah Killsback as our new State-Tribal Policy Outreach Coordinator.
Daliyah will conduct research, analysis, and outreach on state budget, taxes, and other policies affecting Indian Country in Montana and aims to increase tribal engagement. Prior to coming on board to MBPC, Daliyah served as a legislative assistant to Washington State Senator John McCoy, working on state and tribal policy issues ranging from K-12 education to tribal fishing and water rights. In 2017, through Reed College’s Social Justice Research and Education Fund, Daliyah worked with the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health to research comparative tribal solutions addressing methamphetamine-use, data sovereignty, and tribal restorative justice.
Daliyah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Reed College with a focus in American Indian Studies and legal anthropology. Daliyah is a Northern Cheyenne tribal citizen and grew up in Missoula and on the Northern Cheyenne and Flathead reservations.
In 2011, MBPC expanded our work to include a special focus on state-tribal policy to promote sound fiscal and budget policy that can help reverse the history of economic injustice for American Indians. Our work aims to inform policymakers on how state tax and budget choices affect Indian Country, and to increase the involvement of American Indian leaders in state budget advocacy.
Daliyah will work closely with Preston Parish, our State-Tribal Policy Analyst. We are excited to build upon this work and expand our research and community building strategies with Daliyah on the team.