INTERTRIBAL AGRICULTURE COUNCIL

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Director of Operations

& Strategy

donita@indianag.org

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Director of Programs

kelsey@indianag.org

NATIONAL OFFICE

Lilly Standing Bear

Administrative Assistant

lilly@indianag.org

AMERICAN INDIAN FOODS

Donovan Sather

Domestic Market Specialist

donovan@indianag.org

Britni Beck

International Market Specialist

britni@indianag.org

POLICY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

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Director of Policy and Government Relations

abi@indianag.org

Abby Rohweder

Policy Assistant

abby@indianag.org

Lexie Holden

Associate Director

lexie@indianag.org

NATURAL RESOURCES

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Natural Resources Director

emily@indianag.org

Electa Hare-Redcorn

Natural Resource sProgram Specialist

electa@indianag.org

Sha'Teal Pearman

Natural Resources Program Specialist

shateal@indianag.org

REGENERATIVE ECONOMIES

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Regenerative Economies Specialist

tomie@indianag.org

 
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Technical Assistance Director

PACIFIC REGION

keir@indianag.org

Silas Tikaan Galbreath

Associate Director of the TA Network

tikaan@indianag.org

Alaska Region

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK

Steven Bond

Technical Assistance Specialist

Eastern Oklahoma Region

Mike Shellenberger

Technical Assistance Specialist

Northwest Region -Washington

Steven Bond

Technical Assistance Specialist

Southern Plains Region

Silas Tikaan Galbreath

Technical Assistance Associate Director

Great Lakes Region

Natalie Solares

Technical Assistance Specialist

Pacific Region

Jeff Caskey

Technical Assistance Specialist

Oklahoma Region

Tina Square

Technical Assistance Specialist

Eastern Region

Mackenize Martinez

Technical Assistance Specialist

Eastern Region

Matthew Denetclaw

Technical Assistance Specialist

Navajo Region

Zane NotAfraid

Technical Assistance Specialist

Rocky Mountain Region

Craig Harry

Technical Assistance Specialist

Rocky Mountain Region

Azelya Yazzie

Program Specialist

Fanny Brewer

Technical Assistance Specialist

Great Plains Region

Katherine Minthorn

Technical Assistance Specialist

Northwest Region

- Oregon & Idaho

Desbah Padilla

Technical Assistance Specialist

Southwest Region

Padgley Gonzales

Technical Assistance Specialist

Western Region

Chante Johnson

Technical Assistance Specialist

Alaska Region

Ginny Hatch

Technical Assistance Specialist

Nevada Region

 

STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Kari Jo Lawrence

Executive Director

Kari Jo Lawrence was raised on a cattle ranch on the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota near the New Town and Mandaree areas.  She attended Dickinson State University, where she earned a degree in Biology.  Kari Jo currently serves as the Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council.  Prior to joining IAC, she enjoyed a 20-year career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, most of it serving in Indian Country. During her tenure at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, she led successful programs and increased historically underserved participation in each capacity served. Kari Jo wants to continue to see producers gain access to the tools and opportunities to succeed and improve true resilience in the food system. She is proud to have been one of the first recipients of the IAC Scholarship and says “she has found her way back home”.  In her free time, Kari Jo enjoys spending time with her family, working on their ranch, and is an avid rodeo competitor. Kari@indianag.org

Donita Fischer

Director of  Operations & Strategy

Donita Fischer serves as the Director of Operations & Strategy. She plans and coordinates all operations activities in the organization, ensuring development and implementation of efficient and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the organization. 

 

Donita was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in north-central South Dakota. She attended Black Hills State University and received a bachelor of science in business administration. Donita resides with her family in Parade, South Dakota; where she practices small-scale sustainable efforts.  donita@indianag.org

Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott

Director of Programs

Kelsey Scott is the Director of Programs for the Intertribal Agriculture Council. She’s the owner of DX Beef, a direct-to-consumer regenerative beef operation on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, where she also ranches with her husband and family. Kelsey’s passion lies in working directly with land managers and producers in promoting regenerative agricultural practices and community-focused food systems. Kelsey is excited to see how her work with producers can continue to enhance their connection to consumers in an effort to re-localize more resilient food systems. 
 
Kelsey is a family-focused individual (including her four legged family of horses, cattle, and dogs), soil & plant nerd, and a youth advocate. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Rangeland Management from South Dakota State University and then her Master’s of Agriculture Degree in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University. Kelsey’s currently continuing her education as a member of the first CREATE Coaching Cohort, an intensive regenerative agriculture coaching course offered by Integrity Soils. kelsey@indianag.org

Abi Fain

Director of Policy and Government Relations

Abi is citizen of the Choctaw Nation and an attorney who has devoted her career to tribal advocacy and protecting tribal sovereignty. The scope of Abi’s practice has ranged from representing tribes in federal litigation and advocating on behalf of tribes before members of Congress and federal agencies, to working with tribes on developing and implementing tribal codes and policies tailored to meet their needs and support their goals.

Prior to practicing law, Abi worked for the Notah Begay III Foundation, where she worked on developing messaging around the correlation between food deserts in Indian Country and negative health outcomes among Native children. It was here she first began to understand the critical need for agriculture development in Indian Country.

Abi received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and her J.D. and Certificate in Federal Indian Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, as well as the Osage Nation, the Muscogee Nation and the Cherokee Nation.

Becky Standing Bear

Office Manager

Becky Standing Bear is an enrolled member of the (Gros Ventre) Aaniih Tribe from the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. She graduated from the Fort Belknap Community College with a certificate in Early Childhood Education and an Associates in Liberal Arts in 1992. She previously worked with the State of Montana serving the reservation schools as a Speech Therapist to students from preschool to high school. Born and raised on the reservation has afforded her basic knowledge of Indian agriculture living among many Tribal ranchers and farmers and observing their operations and way of life. Since moving to Billings, MT in 1999; she has held the position of Office/Administrative Assistant with the IAC. Becky is very happy to be part of the IAC staff and enjoys serving her part in the IAC’s goal of promoting and enhancing Indian agriculture.  becky@indianag.org

“Working at IAC has been an enjoyable experience and has provided an informative view and education of the greater Indian agricultural issues at hand for the Tribes and people whom the organization serves”

Lilly Standing Bear

Administrative Assistant

Lilly Standing Bear ’akisii ‘ithaa is an enrolled member of the ‘A’aááńiinén and is descended from the Nakoda and Hinóno’ei (Northern Arapaho); she was raised on the Fort Belknap Reservation as well as southern Montana. She graduated from Aaniih Nakoda College as an American Indian College Fund Scholar and received an Associate of Arts in American Indian Studies in 2014. She went on to pursue Native American Studies and anthropology at the University of Montana until 2018. 

 

Lilly’s lifelong ambition to serve Native people is fulfilled through her work at IAC which started as an intern position in the summer of 2019. Her passion is finding paths to Native sovereignty and spends her free time learning her grandparents’ languages.

lilly@indianag.org

Ellise David

Marketing & Events Specialist

Ellise David grew up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation as an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Central Oregon. She is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Sciences at Central Oregon Community College. 

Ellise attended her first IAC event in 2014 where she discovered her passion for Indian agriculture and food sovereignty. She then conducted a Food Sovereignty Assessment on her reservation in 2016. In 2018 she was hired on as the Growing Tribal Farms Program Coordinator with Oregon State University Extension - Warm Springs. Her passion resides with youth involvement and inclusion in Indian agriculture. Ellise@indianag.org

Latashia Redhouse 

AIF Director

Latashia Redhouse is an enrolled member of the Diné Nation and was raised in southeastern Utah. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Corporate Communications at Utah State University. She has spent years supporting organizations with marketing strategies and guidance and is excited to serve the Native American farmer-entrepreneurs and business owners. Her passion is to inspire Indigenous professionals and offer solutions to help grow their businesses. 

latashia@indianag.org

Tomie Peterson 

Regenerative Economies Specialist

Tomie grew up, and currently resides on, a cattle ranch near Parade, SD. Tomie is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She is a graduate of Black Hills State University and joins Intertribal Agriculture Council from Dacotah Bank in Mobridge, where she was an Agriculture Banker.

In this setting, She developed a trained eye for Ag Lending and Finance. In her new capacity with the IAC, she advocates on behalf of Tribal producers for fair and equitable financing, functional access to USDA programming, and innovative business structures. Tomie enjoys working in the Ag industry helping producers succeed and looks forward to assisting producers across Indian Country.  tomie@indianag.org

Keir Johnson-Reyes

Technical Assistance Director

Keir Johnson-Reyes is a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma and has a background in Indigenous Peoples Law, education, outreach, traditional seed preservation, organic vegetable production, community engagement, project development and administration, and permaculture design. He continues to work with Tribal communities and individual agricultural producers by assisting with program eligibility, access, and interface involving federal, state, local, and organizational resources. Keir’s areas of expertise include natural resources/land management, community development, government-to-government intermediacy, and Native youth/leadership development. keir@indianag.org

Emily Luscombe

Natural Resources Director

Emily grew up in rural Northern California in a sustainable subsistence farming and ranching environment. She attended Connecticut College where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. After college she attended Flinders University of South Australia where she obtained a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and a second Bachelors Degree in  Education. Emily has worked in a variety of jobs and most recently has spent nine years managing Tribal Environmental Programs in California and Nevada and assisting other Tribes in a variety of capacities related to Natural Resources, Hazard Mitigation, and Environmental Sustainability.

Emily hopes to learn more about different regenerative practices around the country, learning how to best support producers, and anything new that people are willing to teach her. emily@indianag.org