Board & Financials

Board of Directors

Robert Ecoffey, President

Robert is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is now retired. Previously he served as the Superintendent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Pine Ridge Agency. He’s held this position from December 2007. Mr. Ecoffey spearheaded the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s effort in the submission of their Empowerment Zone applications to the U.S.D.A. As the result of this effort, the Oglala Sioux Tribe was designated an Empowerment Zone for a 10 year period. Mr. Ecoffey has served 30 years with the federal government. Of those 30 years, 19 have been in the area of Law Enforcement - Detention, Patrol, Investigation, and Administration. In the 217 year history of the United States Marshal Service, Mr. Ecoffey was the first Native American to be appointed as a United States Marshal. He was appointed in 1994 by President Clinton. He has also served as a Special Agent for the United States Forest Service. He holds a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Brett Shelton, Vice President

Brett Lee Shelton is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a Staff Attorney at the Native American Rights Fund.  His work at NARF focuses on the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative, Boarding School Healing work, and Sacred Places protection. Brett has extensive experience representing and advising tribal governments, agencies, and enterprises in general governmental, health and human services, employment, natural resources, construction, and economic and business development matters, as well as contributing legal advice and litigation support for various private individuals, businesses, and development initiatives. He received his law degree from Stanford University, and a Master of Arts from the University of Kansas.  He is currently licensed to practice law in various courts including California, Colorado, South Dakota, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, as well as several United States courts.

Morris Brewer, Treasurer

Morris is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  Morris is married and a father of two boys.  He has 40 plus years working with Community Health, and has been the Director of several Alcohol and Drug Treatment programs.  He has worked extensively with our Lakota coming out of prison due to alcohol and drug related crimes.  He is currently Employed with the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Vocational Rehabilitation program and owns his own business.  His experience and knowledge has been a great asset to Thunder Valley CDC.

Harold Compton, Secretary

Tatewin Means, Member

Amanada Carlow, Member

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