Board of Trustees

Dr. Joe Hiller (Oglala Lakota)

Joe Hiller, PhD

(Oglala Lakota)

Board Chair, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; producer

Dr. Joe Hiller (Oglala Lakota)

Stacy Leeds, J.D.


Board Vice Chair; Attorney; Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership, Arizona State University; Board President, Akiptan, Inc.; Vice President, American Indian Graduate Center; Board member, Kituwah, LLC.

Paul Lumley (Yakama)

Paul Lumley


Board Secretary; Chief Executive Officer, Native American Youth and Family Center

Sherry Salway Black (Oglala Lakota)

Sherry Salway Black

(Oglala Lakota)

Chairperson, First Peoples Fund; Board Member, Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Pat Gwin (Cherokee)

Sybil Bullard


Co-Owner, JR Jones Grains, Inc; grain merchandiser; Board member, Lumbee Guaranty Banks Corporate; Vice-Chair, Scotland Healthcare System; Board member, ComTECH Business Park

Ross Racine (Blackfeet)

Wayne Ducheneaux

(Cheyenne River Sioux)

Executive Director, Native Governance Center; Fourth Generation rancher

Pat Gwin (Cherokee)

Michelle Fox, J.D.

(Aaniiih – Gros Ventre, Amskapi Piikani – Blackfeet)

Associate Attorney, Big Fire Law; managing director for NDN Collective; Fifth Generation cattle rancher

Charles Graham (Lumbee)

Charles Graham


State Representative, North Carolina General Assembly; retired educator and business owner

Pat Gwin (Cherokee)

Pat Gwin


Sr. Director of Environmental Resources, Cherokee Nation; rancher and expert on Native American heirloom seeds

Porter Holder (Choctaw)

Porter Holder


Lead plaintiff; former Vice Chair, Council on Native American Farming and Ranching; rancher

Claryca Mandan (Three Affiliated Tribes)

Claryca Mandan

(Three Affiliated Tribes)

Lead plaintiff; rancher; former board member, several Native agriculture, land tenure and natural resource organizations

Elsie Meeks (Oglala Lakota)

Elsie Meeks

(Oglala Lakota)

Board Member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines; former State Director, South Dakota Rural Development; rancher

Ross Racine (Blackfeet)

Ross Racine


Former Executive Director, Intertribal Agriculture Council; rancher