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Patti Hibbeler

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Patti Hibbeler

Patricia K. Hibbeler (Salish and Kootenai), ABD, MA is the Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Indian Center, Inc. - an organization with a 69-year history.  The Center’s core services are prevention, workforce development, youth and language/cultural revitalization services.  Ms. Hibbeler has a strong background in organizational culture and operations, partnership development, program and organizational evaluation and board development.  Ms. Hibbeler’s past positions include Field Research Director of a NIDA funded grant entitled the American Indian Multi-sector Health Inventory (AIM-HI) study initiated by Washington University; Assistant Director of Arizona State University’s Arizona Prevention Resource Center; Nebraska Department of Education Drug Free Schools Coordinator; Business Education Instructor for Spencer School of Business; Bilingual Education Program Director for St. Francis Indian School; Teacher Aid for Two Eagle River School.

Ms. Hibbeler was born and grew up on the Flathead reservation and also, during her elementary school years, in Missoula, Montana near the University of Montana.  Her mother, Sherry Saddler, served as the first Director of the Missoula Indian Center.  She has always had a passion for supporting American Indian people, especially for youth. 

Patti is a Trustee for the Heard Museum, Board Secretary for the American Indian Policy Institute at ASU,   Board President of the National Urban Indian Families Coalition, , Vice Chair of the  ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center’s Community Advisory Committee member of the Society for Prevention Research,  American Educational Research Association, Maricopa Community College President’s Advisory Committee and Phoenix College President’s Advisory Committee, amongst others.  She has made a number of conference presentations related to research and evaluation both locally and nationally.  She is the proud daughter of two children and one grandchild.

About NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.

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