Board & Financials

Board of Directors


Brett Shelton, President

Brett is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, works as a Staff Attorney the Native American Rights Fund. His responsibilities there include the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative and work on to protect Sacred Places and Religious Liberties. He also has worked in private practice serving Tribes, businesses, and Indian organizations, served as a policy analyst for the National Indian Health Board, organized grassroots efforts for international indigenous peoples in biotechnology evaluation, and assisted domestic violence victims in civil court on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He received his law degree from Stanford University, a Master of Arts from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Baker University.

Beau LeBeaux, Vice President

Beau is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Teach for America on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He is one of the founders of Thunder Valley CDC and also worked on diabetes prevention projects.

Amanda Carlow, Treasurer

Amanda is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She works at Pine Ridge Indian School as a School Counselor. She worked previously at Red Cloud Indian School as the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach and K-8 Guidance Counselor. Amanda received her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Creighton University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas Pan American.

Harold Compton, Secretary

Harold is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.Currently Harold is the Deputy Director of Policy and Research for the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Land Enterprise. He previously was the Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Elsie Meeks, Member

Elsie Meeks is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She served as state director of the USDA Rural Development in South Dakota from July of 2009 until 2015. Prior to joining the USDA, Ms. Meeks was the president and CEO of First Nations Oweesta Corporation and was active in the development and management of The Lakota Funds, a small business and microenterprise development loan fund CDFI on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Ms. Meeks served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, completing a six-year term. She is a past director of the Northwest Area Foundation based in St. Paul, Minnesota and has served as a director and council member of several Native American organizations.

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