Leadership

Board of Directors

Loretta Bad Heart Bull Chairwoman

Loretta Bad Heart Bull

Chairwoman/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.

Nicole Archambault – Vice Chairwoman

Nicole Archambault

Vice Chairwoman

Nicole is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Education. Nicole is an enrolled member of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and resides in the community of Cannon Ball, ND. She has been married to for 25 years, she is the mother of two children, and has helped raise several nephews.

Over the past 16 years Nicole has been the owner and operator of Hawk’s Corner (formerly Cannon Ball Pit Stop). Along with owning and operating a business, Nicole has always had an interest in promoting wellness and opportunities for youth. She has found ways to engage with the youth by providing alcohol and drug free activities. Nicole has been employed in wellness and education positions for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

"I am part of Standing Rock Community Development Cooperation board because I want to continue promoting health and wellness for our communities. The SRCDC has demonstrated a commitment to making Standing Rock Nation a better place and I would like to contribute to the effort."

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Avis Little Eagle

Secretary

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.

Jesi Shanley Treasurer

Jesi Shanley

Treasurer

Jesi Shanley is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who resides in the Wakpala District. She is a family-centered woman with a dream to create a better life for the people of Standing Rock. She has years of experience working in Indian Country, in the areas of community, workforce and economic development.

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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.

Terry Brown Otter

Terry Brown Otter

Board Member

Terry grew up in Rock Creek District, Bullhead South Dakota on the southern half of Standing Rock. He now resides in Long Soldier District, Fort Yates North Dakota.

Terry graduated from the Standing Rock Community High School in 1998, then went on to receive is AAS in Building Trades from Sitting Bull College in 2000. He has been the Owner/Operator of Brownotter Construction for the past eleven years and also serves as lead instructor for the Sitting Bull College building trades program.

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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. He has also 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. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Standing Rock Community Development Corporation and as the Vice Chairman of the Oyate CDFI.

Steve is a proud father whose children are working to become speakers of the Lakota Language.

Sunshine Carlow

Sunshine Carlow

Language and Culture Initiative (LCI) Director

Sunshine Woman Archambault-Carlow (Pȟunkéska Wakpá Wiŋ) is Húŋkpapȟa and Oglála Lakȟóta and Northern Cheyenne. She is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Sunshine grew up on the Pine Ridge and Standing Rock Reservations. In 2003, Sunshine graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a Business focus from Si Tanka University at Huron – Huron, SD (formerly Huron University). From 2009 to 2015 Ms. Carlow served as the Tribal Education Manager for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, where she facilitated the Standing Rock Education Consortium and the Lakota/Dakota Language Revitalization Program.

In 2015, Sunshine successfully wrote for the Bush Foundation’s Major Initiative - Education Grant which established the Language & Culture Institute at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, focusing on creating a k-12 learning pathway for Dakota and Lakota Language and Culture. In October of 2018 Sunshine resigned after 10 years serving her tribe to join the Standing Rock CDC as the Director of the Language & Culture Initiative. Her first project involves becoming an AMI Certified Primary Montessori Teacher and creating age 3-6 Montessori primary curriculum in D/Lakota.

Sunshine brings to the Standing Rock CDC her love for the Lakota language, her strength in strategic planning and organizing and her skills in grant writing and project planning. She is an advocate and 2nd language learner of the Lakota/Dakota Language and Culture. Sunshine and her husband, Artie Carlow, Sr. reside in Fort Yates, ND and have four children, Montel, Rayhan, Tobi Jean and Artie Jr. Her heroes are her grandmothers, Lillian Halsey Archambault & Francine Brewer Nelson.

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Nacole Walker

Language and Culture Manager

Nacole Walker is Lakota and Dakota from the Standing Rock Nation (Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ). Currently, she is employed under the Standing Rock CDC Language and Culture Initiative.
Nacole is a Lakota Language educator; she has created language learning curriculum for varying levels of learners and taught the Lakota and Dakota language at Sitting Bull College, the Lakȟól’iyapi Wahóȟpi (Lakota Language Nest), the Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute, and in communities across Standing Rock and Dakota/Lakota Country. Previously, she held the positions of Program Director at the Sitting Bull College Lakȟól’iyapi Wahóȟpi, and Tribal Education Activities Coordinator at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Department of Education.

Nacole is passionate about education and the revitalization of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Dakota and Lakota Seven Council Fire) 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.

Sondi Phillips

Sondi Phillips

Innovative Education Trainee (Montessori)

Sondi Phillips is Lakota and from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, where she grew up. In 2015, she graduated from Standing Rock high school then continued on to graduate with an Associate Degree in General Studies from Sitting Bull College at Fort Yates, ND. She is very passionate about her Lakota culture and the revitalization of the Lakota language.

Sondi is currently training to become a certified AMI Montessori Primary Teacher.