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Tony Fish - Prisoner Re-Entry, Making a Difference

photo courtesy of Tony Fish
Evening Programs
Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Grinnell College


Tony Fish is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as Director of the tribes Reintegration Program.  Tony received his education from Mid-America Christian University studying Criminal Justice Management and Public Administration.  In March of 2005, Tony assisted in the development and implementation of the first ever tribal reintegration program for ex-prisoners.  During his tenure, the Reintegration Program has received High Honors from Harvard University Honoring Nations Project on American Indian Economic Development, semi-finalist from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation and best practices for tribal programs from the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA).   

Through his Leadership, Tony has been able to secure funding to build a regional transitional living facility for returning citizens.  Tony has been an advocate for prisoner re-entry speaking at national forums, and appearing in the documentary “Never Give Up” for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and instrumental in working with the Oklahoma State Legislature in reform of current justice practices.  Tony traveled to Peru and spoke on prisoner re-entry and the effects it has on indigenous people.  In 2012, Tony assisted in founding the Oklahoma Native American Reentry Alliance for all tribes to promote public safety and best re-entry practices.  Tony is the former Chairman for the Wetumka Indian Community and Vice-Chair for the Board of Directors of the East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc.

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