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Board of Directors

ILTF is governed by an 11-member board made up of Indian landowners, tribal representatives, and those with a lifelong commitment to Indian land issues and rights.

Full Board List and Bios

David Baker
David Baker is part owner of WesDak Appraisal Services, Inc. in Hermosa, South Dakota, which specializes in the appraisal of Indian trust property for value, rent and...

Dawn Battiste
Dawn Battiste is an attorney and deputy director for the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP) in Durham, N.C., a legal services organization which works to preserve land...

Joseph Brewer II
Joseph Brewer II is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and affiliated with the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge. He is currently a member of the...

Reginald DeFoe
Reginald DeFoe is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He has worked in the Fond du Lac Band’s natural resources department since 1993 and has...

Staci Emm, Vice Chair
Staci Emm, Vice Chair, is a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe, and works as an Extension Educator in Mineral County, Nevada. In her position, she manages budgets,...

Laura Harjo
Laura Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and teaches geography and GIS at the University of Southern California. She is also a research fellow for the...

Joseph G. Hiller
Joseph G. Hiller, Oglala Lakota, is an emeritus professor recently retired from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in watershed management, ecohydrology....

Margie Hutchinson
Margie Hutchinson is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and is currently fiduciary trust officer for the Office of the Special Trustee....

Karonhiakta’tie Bryan Maracle
Karonhiakta’tie Bryan Maracle is Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Nation. He is currently Natural Resources Director for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments in...

John E. Sirois, Board Chair
John Sirois, board chair, Okanagan and Wenatchi, currently serves as business council chairman for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Previously, he...

William Tovey, Secretary/Treasurer
William Tovey, Secretary/Treasurer, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla and is Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the...

Investment Committee

Bye Barsness is owner and president of Professional Furniture Services, Inc. Throughout his career, Barsness has held several other executive positions, such as CEO and...

John Schweers is a participating adjunct faculty member at University of St. Thomas and an associate professor at University of St. Mary’s. In 2010, Schweers retired as senior...

Thomas Hotovec, the chief financial officer for Meritex Enterprises, has over 14 years experience in accounting, finance and capital markets. He is a member of the Institute...

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