Liz Hill – a public relations/communications consultant, published author on American Indian topics, and radio producer – has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., since 1982. She is a member of the Red Lake (Minnesota) Band of Ojibwe, and is President of Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd., a public relations firm based in downtown Washington, D.C.

Public and Media Relations Professional

Hill, who began her public relations career at the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1982, worked at the Smithsonian Institution from 1985 until early 1998. She is a former Director of Public Relations for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and former Director of Public Affairs for the National Museum of the American Indian. From 1989-1998, she was an Executive Board Member (Secretary, Vice President) and President of the Smithsonian’s American Indian Council, an advocacy committee of more than 75 members dedicated to promoting American Indian cultural issues at the Smithsonian Institution. Following her Smithsonian service, she served as Communications Director of the National Congress of American Indians (January-April 1999). She founded her own public relations company – Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd. -- in late 1999.

Journalist

As a Native journalist, Hill has written and reported extensively on American Indian issues and related topics for the national American Indian newspapers
Indian Country Today and News from Indian Country and has contributed to the magazines Native Peoples, Native Americas (formerly published by Cornell University and, later, by First Americans Development Institute), American Indian Review (formerly published in Hertfordshire, U.K.) and American Indian (published by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian). She is a past Editor-in-Chief (2005-2006) and former Editorial Board member of American Indian, and is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. In 2001, she was honored with “Best Feature Writing for a Quarterly Publication (Native Americas).

Author

Hill’s first book, “American Indian Tribes” (Workman Publishing, N.Y.) was published in November 2002. The book is currently in its second printing. She also is author of “A Home for the Collections,” a chapter in the book “Spirit of a Native Place: Building the National Museum of the American Indian” (Smithsonian Institution in Association with the National Geographic Society, 2004). In 2002-2004, she served as a member of the Native Advisory Board for “Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages,” a musical CD produced by the National Museum of the American Indian and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. In 2007, she was a major contributor to a book of frequently asked questions about American Indians titled, “Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian,” published by the Smithsonian and HarperCollins.


Radio Producer

From June 2003-September 2004 Hill served as a full-time producer of “The Nightwolf Show,” a one-hour weekly radio program devoted to indigenous issues that broadcasts live from Washington, D.C., on WPFW-FM (Pacifica). Today, the show reaches some 3 million in the Washington, D.C., listening area and is heard around the world on the Internet. She continues to serve as Executive Producer-at-Large for the show, producing shows that include topics that are of special interest to her.

Concert Producer

In 2005 and 2006, Hill produced four large-scale musical programs for the National Indian Gaming Association. The programs, which featured a variety of Native American music and dance, were staged in San Diego, Calif. (April 2005); at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. (two evenings in November 2005); and in Albuquerque, N.M. (April 2006).

Professional Memberships

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), National Capital Chapter Member, Washington, D.C.
Native American Journalists Association
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California
National Congress of American Indians

Documentary Film Associate Producer

Hill is Associate Producer of a one-hour documentary film titled, “Hana: The Heart of Hawaii.” The film premiered in October 2004 in Hana, which is located on Maui’s East Coast. In February 2005, the film was shown at the Third Annual Golden Film Festival in Golden, Colo., the Gloria Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, in August 2005 and the Heard Museum Film Festival in October 2006.

Education

Hill has bachelors’ degrees in history and fine arts from Syracuse University (1982), Syracuse, N.Y., and has completed work toward a master's degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She has studied French, German, Latin, and Russian.