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    Long-Time CERT Leader Passes

    A. David Lester, 71, of the Muscogee Creek Nation, executive director of the 56-member Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) from 1982 to the present, passed December 26 in Denver after an illness. He was a strong advocate for tribal sovereignty and a mentor to young people beginning in the natural resources field. He occupied high-profile positions, including that of Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) under Presidents Carter and Reagan.



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