David W. Clark received a B.A. in History with a minor in Native American Studies from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma in 2015. As a student at ECU, he worked under the advisement of Dr. Thomas Cowger the Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair for Native American Studies at ECU, working on various Native American research topics within Oklahoma since statehood in 1907. This culminated with a capstone paper on Carl Albert and his role in Native American policymaking as a member and ultimately Speaker of the House of Representatives. He is a M.A. student under the supervision of Dr. Warren Metcalf. He will continue his research on Carl Albert and the interactions between Oklahoma’s Native population and mainstream society since statehood.