Leadership

Board of Directors

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Nacole Walker

Chairwoman

Nacole is Lakota and Dakota from the Standing Rock Nation (Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ). She is the Chairwoman for the SRCDC Board of Directors. Nicole is a Lakota Language educator and teaches the Lakota and Dakota language at Sitting Bull College, the Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute, and in communities across Standing Rock and Lakota Country. Previously, she held the positions of Program Director at Sitting Bull College, Lakota Language Immersion Nest, and Tribal Education Activities Coordinator at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Department of Education.

Nacole is passionate about education and revitalizing the Seven Council Fires languages. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Dartmouth College in 2011 and is currently completing her Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from the University of Mary.

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Loretta Bad Heart Bull

Vice-Chair/Elder Rep.

Loretta (RN, MPH) serves as the Vice-Chairwoman for the SRCDC Board of Directors. Loretta is a Standing Rock Tribal Elder who retired from the Health Care Management field. She is also former business owner and Political Appointee for former Chairman Dave Archambault II’s Administration. Loretta enjoys volunteering her time in the community working with youth and inmates on cultural teachings and community responsibility. She currently sits on the Fort Yates Public School Board.

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Gracey Claymore

Treasurer/Youth Rep.

Gracey is a 21-year-old, Hunkpapa Lakota and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and is the Treasurer of SRCDC Board of Directors. She is currently pursuing a higher education at Sitting Bull college where she is studying to become a nurse. She is also enrolled in an intensive Lakota Language Program with plans to contribute to the Lakota/Dakota language revitalization efforts within the tribe after her program is complete.

Gracey has dedicated most of her life to helping make her communities on Standing Rock better through youth programming. She was a member of the Standing Rock Youth Council until she graduated from McLaughlin High School in McLaughlin, South Dakota. She is currently mentoring youth through a program her and her peers organized called Woihanble (Dream), where the focus is to promote healthy lifestyles through the Lakota/Dakota ways of life.

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Jodi Gillette

Board Member

Jodi is Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota and is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is currently the Director of Indigenous Peoples Initiatives at New Company, a venture focused on impact for the future. Prior to joining New Company, Jodi was a Policy Advisor at Sonosky, Chambers & Sachse, a national Native American rights law firm. Between 2009 and 2015, she was as a political appointee for President Barack Obama. During her tenure in the Obama Administration, Ms. Gillette served as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs on the White House Domestic Policy Council, Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, and Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House.

Jodi was also previously the Executive Director of the Native American Training Institute in Bismarck, North Dakota, a non-profit offering technical assistance and training to tribal, state, and local governments in human service delivery systems.

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Hans Young Bird

Board Member

Hans is the Brownfields Coordinator for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Environmental Protection Agency, where he has spent the past 13-years helping protect the tribal members, local communities and mother earth from environmental hazards and contaminates that may affect the future generations. Mr. Bradley has been very active in Native American spirituality and helped create the Wakpala HuHu Thiyospaye (Bone Creek Family). The Wakpala HuHu Thiyospaye is a group of tribal and community members that are looking to better their lives and make a difference within our respected communities through spirituality and prayer. Mr. Bradley has five children with his best friend and life partner Robbyn Pudwill. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Conservation Biology from Oglala Lakota College.

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Avis Little Eagle

Board Member

Avis is an enrolled member of Standing Rock and is the mother of five children, grandmother of thirteen grandchildren and resides in the Bear Soldier District on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Avis serves as the Secretary for the SRCDC Board of Directors. As a business owner, Avis is the founder and current publisher of the Teton Times for more than fifteen years. She also served on the Standing Rock Tribal Council for fourteen years as a District Representative, Vice Chairwoman and At-Large Representative. She currently sits on the Sitting Bull College Board of Trustees.

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Brian Thunder Hawk

Executive Director

Brian recently became the new Executive Director of the Standing Rock Community Development Corporation established in December 2016. Mr. Thunder Hawk held a three-year tenure as the Executive Director for the Standing Rock Housing Authority (SRHA), a Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Brian managed and operated at the Standing Rock Housing Authority over a grand total three-year NAHASDA-HUD budget of $20,489,669 which included 941 Low-Rental, Tax Credits and Mutual Help – Home Ownership Units/Homes, a $5.9 million-dollar Tax Credit Limited Partnership #18 Project and received a 2016 HUD VASH Supportive Housing Program Grant in the amount of $235,000. His supervisory authority for management of grant activities and oversight of staff duties ensured that all activities were in accordance with grant agreements and approved policies, rules, and regulations.

Mr. Thunder Hawk’s overall goal is to create a better living environment by remaining highly dedicated to maintaining high standards to educate all government agencies, government officials, and partnerships about the Standing Rock Lakota/Dakota Nation, its needs, people, culture, political system and laws. He is focusing on new construction, rehabilitation projects and to operate and achieve his goals to assist all families living in the communities of Cannonball, Porcupine, Fort Yates, Kenel, Bear Soldier, Bullhead, Little Eagle, and Wakpala located on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

With his experience in Executive Management such as: property management, project management, licensed contractor, organizational leadership, project coordination, strategic planning/supervising sub-contractors and 50-plus employees will enable him to ensure the success of Standing Rock Community Development Corporation. Brian was responsible for the oversight of the SRHA Comprehensive Plan and worked to educate the agencies he partnered with to accomplish strategic goals. As a humble leader, he can be considered a fine example by doing his best as a Lakota/Dakota man. Being diligent in his endeavors, as well as being creative and competent, he has gained vital knowledge about future opportunities for the Standing Rock people.

Prior to joining Standing Rock CDC, Brian has achieved an organized professional aptitude with 10-years’ experience in residential housing, commercial projects, contract negotiations, project estimating, scheduling and design. He has strong structural forecasting and problem-solving skills by meeting deadlines under the most challenging times. Having graduated from the Sitting Bull College of Fort Yates, ND with a B.S. in Business Administration of 2013, and is now pursuing his Master’s in Project Management at the University of Mary.

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Steve Sitting Bear

Deputy Director

Steve served as the External Affairs Director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe during Chairman Dave Archambault II's administration. Of the myriad of responsibilities Steve had, most notable was his role in helping lead a pioneering new communications strategy for the NoDapl global movement, which relied heavily and successfully on targeted public relations and recruitment of strategic allies and key supporters. Steve has worked with states and tribes regionally and nationally on economic development initiatives, law enforcement strategies, youth programming and policy development. Steve was born and raised on Standing Rock and became part of our cultural traditions at a young age. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Marine Division, and then went on to create his own business, which supported his efforts in earning two B.A.'S Cum Laude, from the University of North Dakota. Steve than went on to work as the Deputy Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, accumulating vast experience in successfully navigating the state legislative process as an Indigenous Lobbyist protecting tribal interests. Steve currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Standing Rock Community Development Corporation and as the Vice Chairman of the Oyate CDFI. He is a proud father whose children are working to become speakers of the Lakota Language.

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Helen Hanley

Office Manager

Helen is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and has made her home in Selfridge, ND in the Porcupine district. Her Indian name is Hehaka Hota Win (Grey Elk Woman). She was born and raised in Wakpala, South Dakota where she graduated high school. She has five children; one daughter and four sons. Helen has attended college in San Jose, California, Sitting Bull College and Bismarck State College. Her studies were in Business Administration and financial management. Helen's portfolio includes owning and operating the Standing Rock Cable TV Company from 1982 until 2007. Helen has also worked for BIA Law Enforcement, SRST as Court Administrator, Native American Training Institute, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission and is presently the Office/Finance Officer for Standing Rock CDC and owns her own unfranchised Internet marketing business since September 2014. Helen successfully managed a three-year grant funded by the Administration of Native Americans (ANA) as the project manager of the Lake Oahe Mitigation Studies where she identified the numeric loss of traditional medicinal plants, impacts on wild life and the impairment of recreational opportunities due to the inundation to the Missouri River.