Wayne Dupuis (Cohort 3 Rebuilder) Running for Chair at Fond du Lac

Wayne Dupuis, Cohort 3 Native Nation Rebuilder, was recently interviewed by Northland News Center to discuss his platform as he runs for Fond du Lac Band Chairman. Here is a link to the interview: Wayne Dupuis Interview.

Wayne faces off against Kevin Dupuis in the June 14, 2016 contest. Wayne is one of many Rebuilders either running for or holding elected office within the 23 Tribal nations we serve. We will feature more Rebuilder updates in the near future!

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Lakota Country Times Features Vi Waln (Cohort 7 Rebuilder)


Viola Waln, a Native Nation Rebuilder from Cohort 7, shares an excellent op-ed piece with the readers of the Lakota Country Times in the article linked below:

Waln states in the article, “I experienced that natural high on the trip home from the first session with my colleagues last December. I had learned so many new things in a short time. I wanted to come home and change the world.”

You can also read a more detailed article on Vi’s experience at Spearfish Canyon Lodge for Cohort 7’s second session here: Rebuilders Meet in Spearfish Canyon.

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NGC Announces Rebecca Stratton as Program Director

The Native Governance Center is pleased to announce that the search for a Program Director has ended with Rebecca Stratton coming on board officially May 16th, 2016. Rebecca comes to us after spending the past eight years working for the Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux Community as a Program Assistant within their Tribal Administration. She has also served her nation as a member of the SMSC Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors, SMSC Gaming Commission and the SMSC Scholarship Selection Committee.

Rebecca brings a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in working with native nations and is a member of the 2nd cohort of the Native Nations Rebuilder Program now run by the Native Governance Center.

NGC Announces the hiring of Lauren Kramer – Operations Coordinator


The Native Governance Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Lauren Kramer as our new Operations Coordinator. Lauren comes to us after finishing her Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. While in attendance there she also completed a graduate portfolio in Nonprofit Studies through the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Lauren has experience working for a variety of Native nonprofit organizations including the White Earth Land Recovery Project, Mashkiikii Gitigan, and most recently, Great Promise for American Indians.

Her official starting date will be May 16th, 2016.

NGC Board Member Jodi Gillette Receives Honorary Doctorate

Photo of Jodi GilletteNative Governance Center Board member Jodi Gillette will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Black Hills State University, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the 171st Commencement Ceremony.

Jodi, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will also present a special lecture Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall at BHSU.

We here at NGC would like to congratulate Jodi on this latest milestone. Read the full article about Jodi’s award: BHSU – Jodi Gillette Honorary Doctorate.