Joel Chastain

Joel Chastain

Roy and Lila Ash Fellow
MC/MPA AY2021-2022
Joel Chastain

Joel Chastain is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, with Laguna Pueblo and Navajo Nation heritage. Joel has devoted his career to developing his experience and knowledge in Native American affairs. Over the last decade, Joel has held various positions in the governmental and commercial divisions of the Chickasaw Nation, from managing accounting books, handling budget analyses, providing organizational evaluations on programs and services, and he most recently worked with appointed leadership on strategic development initiatives. Joel left the Chickasaw Nation for one year to complete a fellowship at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., advocating for tribal Nations through analysis and support of public policy that advances tribal interests.

 

Joel has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Haskell Indian Nation University. Joel and his wife Joni of 11 years have three boys, Oshi (5), Nikko (2), and Ukiah (1). Joel and his wife have been active foster parents through Indian Child Welfare Services for the last five years. Joel is also an active member in his tribal community, where he plays for the Chickasaw Nation stickball team, Chikasha Toli.