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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

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

Joseph Brewer II, Vice Chair
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 Assistant Professor of...

Hans-Dieter Klose, Secretary/Treasurer
Hans-Dieter Klose is from Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona and has a long family history of land planning going back to his grandfather who helped...

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...

Jeannie Benally
Jeannie Benally is a member of the Navajo Nation and is fluent in her tribal language. Currently, she is an Extension Educator and Agent for the University of Arizona...

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...

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...

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...

Ross Racine
Ross Racine is a member of the Blackfeet Nation and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Racine has been the Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture...

William Tovey
William Tovey is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla and is Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the Confederated Tribes in...

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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