Rebecca Miles (ID). In 2005, Rebecca was the first woman, and at 32 the youngest person ever elected chair of the Nez Perce Tribe. With an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in organizational leadership, Rebecca returned to the Nez Perce reservation, working as a communications specialist for the Tribe, cleanup issues with Hanford Reservation and serving as the Tribe’s general council. Her passion though has been to protect and restore the salmon and steelhead runs of the Columbia and Snake rivers. In a short time, Rebecca has become a leader on thisissue, both within the tribal community as well as with federal agencies and state governments. She has also been a leading force in establishing a broad coalition of commercial, sport, recreation, tribal fishermen, business and conservation leaders to save the great salmon fisheries of the Northwest.