American Indian Alumni Honoring Wilson Pipestem
The OSU Alumni Association and the OSU American
Indian Alumni Society are honored to announce Wilson Pipestem has been
selected as the American Indian Alumni Society Distinguished Alumni
Award recipient for 2013. He will be recognized for his achievements at a
public reception Nov. 9 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in the
Craig Family Room.
“I was surprised and honored when I learned
that I was chosen,” Pipestem said. “As one can quickly tell from my
collection of orange ties and the ‘orange room’ in our home, I am a
proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University. To be recognized by my
fellow Indian alums is particularly humbling.”
as a scholarship athlete on the OSU track and cross country teams,
Pipestem served as president of the Native American Student Association
for two years. He earned numerous academic awards and graduated from OSU
in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
from OSU, Pipestem continued his education at Stanford Law School in
Palo Alto, Calif., where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1995. He began
his tribal advocacy career in Washington, D.C. working for multiple law
firms and honing his knowledge of tribal rights. Pipestem is currently
the managing partner and co-founder of Ietan Consulting and president of
Pipestem Law Firm. Pipestem’s professional career has been dedicated to
advocacy on behalf of Native Americans and their tribes.
of Pipestem’s most notable achievements is his role as lead counsel in
the historical settlement reached for the Osage Nation in August 2011.
After 11 years of litigation, the Osage Nation and the federal
government settled to award headright holders of the Osage Minerals
Estate $380 million for compensation for historical losses due to asset
mismanagement by the federal government. This is the largest settlement
of a case between an Indian tribe against the United States in history.
"It’s such an honor to recognize Mr. Wilson Pipestem as our
Distinguished Alumni Award recipient this year,” said Christie Modlin,
president of the OSU American Indian Alumni Society. "It is also an
honor to recognize his accomplishments and how he has utilized his
education, heritage, and passion for his native people in his career as
an attorney to face some of the biggest challenges facing Indian
Pipestem is a frequent speaker on developments in
federal law and policy and has taught Federal Indian Law at The Catholic
University of America and at American University. Pipestem serves as
chair of the Notah Begay III Foundation and is a member of the board of
the Nike N7 Fund and the Close Up Foundation, all of which are
not-for-profit organizations that provide opportunities for Native
youth. He is active in Osage Ceremonial dances and serves on the
Grayhorse In-Lon-Shka committee.
“He embraces his culture and
heritage and strives to use his education and knowledge to benefit and
help Indian Country,” Modlin said. “As a Native American man he has been
such a great example and inspiration to our Native youth.”
member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and an Osage headright holder,
Pipestem resides in Skiatook, Okla. with his wife Brenda and four
To RSVP for the American Indian Distinguished Alumni reception or to get more information about the American Indian
Alumni Society, please visit http://orangeconnection.org/aias.