“A trusted leader in athletic regulation and strong advocate for Indian Country”
Matthew Roberson is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Keechi). Matthew serves as the Executive Director for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Department of Athletic Regulation, Chairman of the Wichita Tribe Sports Commission, President of the Association of Combative Sports Commissions, Region Six Director for the North American Indigenous Games Board of Directors, Manager Representative for Quivera, LLC (a tribally owned 8(a) company), President-Elect for the Indigenous Peoples’ Sports Circle, Committee Member for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Foster Care Review Board and a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Executive Committee (tribal council).
Matthew is also a nationally certified Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Judge and Timekeeper. He has served on the Association of Boxing Commissions, Tribal Advisory Committee since 2011. He is a former member of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Combative Sports Panel and a member of the National Congress of American Indians.
Hailing from “The Indian Capital of the Nation” Anadarko, Oklahoma, Matthew has been a strong advocate for Indian Country as well as a trusted leader in athletic regulation. Matthew graduated from Anadarko High School in the year 2000 and attended The University of Central Oklahoma on a football scholarship while studying Business Management. In 2005, Matthew married his high school sweetheart Kearstin. In 2016, the couple welcomed their first and only child, Phoenix Rose Roberson.
Matthew is a 2016 graduate of St.Cloud State University’s MLCV Casino Leadership Program. While under his leadership, The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Athletic Regulation was recognized as the 2017 Promoter/Organization of The Year by the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame. This was the first and only a time an athletic commission was bestowed this honor. Matthew is also a recipient of The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s prestigious “40 under 40 Award,” which is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community. In 2018, Matt was selected as an American Express NGEN Fellow. This is a leadership fellowship for the next generation of progressive changemakers.
On a personal note, Matthew enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family. He also enjoys attending sporting events, especially The Oklahoma Sooners, OKC Thunder, Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. Matthew also enjoys collecting Native American artwork, traveling and an occasional cigar.