Stanley R. Holder, Sr. is a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. He is a former Vice President of the tribe and has served in various capacities as an employee and member of tribal committees. He has an AA Degree in Psychology, a BS Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice (Cum Laude) and an MA Degree in Behavioral Science. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi the national honor societies for two-year colleges and universities. He is a former employee of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). His duties in the BIE ranged from being the Director of Student Services at Riverside Indian School which is an Indian Boarding school to be the Acting Associate Deputy Director of the Division of Performance and Accountability. He has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing education, behavioral, mental health, and economic development programs and projects for federally recognized tribes and tribal community organizations. He has published articles on Therapeutic Model development at BIE residential schools and designed and managed the organizational structure for the Therapeutic Model at Riverside Indian School.
Mr. Holder retired successfully from the Bureau of Indian Education in 2013. His most recent position is as the Executive Director of the Acoma Tribal Department of Education. Other postings have been as a Consultant to the Comprehensive Center at the University of Oklahoma and as the Director of the Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center in the Education Development Center, under a contract with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice.
However, Mr. Holder’s most important roles in life have been as a Sun Dancer, a Road Man in the Native American Church, and as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.