Melvin Hunter, Jr., ’10 B.S. (Forestry), is from Arizona and a member of the Hualapai Tribe. Melvin was a Gold Axe recipient and heavily valued his experience as a Lumberjack. Melvin is an active member of the NAU School of Forestry Advisory Council and chairs the Native American Recruitment and Retention sub-committee. He has worked as a Forester, Natural Resource Officer, and a Supervisory Forester at the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs. In July of 2019, Melvin accepted a position with the Hualapai Tribe as a Forest Manager which he supports Indian Self-Determination. Melvin currently resides in Arizona with his wife and two children.