The purpose of What Matters to Me and Why is to encourage reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University.
Karen Biestman, J.D., is the Associate Dean and Director of the Native American Cultural Center and Lecturer in Law and Native American Studies. She has held academic and administrative roles at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University since 1983 with a year hiatus from academia as Director of Indian Education for the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, in San Francisco. She teaches, trains and consults on topics of Federal Indian Law, American Indian Religious Freedom, Environmental Justice, and Indian Country Economic Development. She serves generously on community and campus committees and boards, including as Vice Chair of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. She received both her B.A. and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley.
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