Board of Directors

Levi Brown

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Tribal Liaison Manager MN Department of Transportation

Caleb Dogeagle, Chair

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Solicitor General Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Caleb is an NGC Rebuilder (Cohort 9), and previously served as legal counsel to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. Mr. Dogeagle serves on the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection and the board of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance. He earned a B.A. from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. He also earned his J.D. and LL. M from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, AZ, focusing within the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program.

Frank Ettawageshik, Secretary

Waganakising Odawak (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians)
Executive Director United Tribes of Michigan

Frank is a former Tribal Chairman and a current Appellate Court Justice. He works on leadership development for Indian Country. His work includes local, regional, national and international efforts on Indigenous cultural property rights, treaty rights, environmental protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Megan Hill

Oneida Nation
Director, Honoring Nations Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

Megan Minoka Hill is from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She currently serves as the Program Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Director of Honoring Nations at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Through applied research and service, the Harvard Project works to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved and sustained. Hill brings her leadership working with tribal nations to celebrate and disseminate governance successes and innovations to the Native Governance Board.

Chris James

Eastern Band of Cherokee
President/CEO National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Chris James is the President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, the largest business development and technical assistance training organization in the country for American Indian and Alaska Native-owned businesses. He’s also a former Associate Administrator at the US Small Business Administration and a US Treasury official.

Michael Laverdure

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Principal Architect DSGW Architects

Mike Laverdure, Migizi Miigwan (Eagle Feather) is an Anishinaabe (People From Whence Lowered) from the Makwa Doodem (Bear Clan) and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Mikinaak Wajiw, located in Belcourt, North Dakota.

Mike is a registered architect, a partner at DSGW Architects, and is president of the Indigenous-owned firm, First American Design Studio. Mike is the past President of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers and is also Chairman of the board member and Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Mike is also a Cohort 10 graduate of NGC’s Rebuilders program.

His mission in life is to promote architecture and engineering as a valid and vital STEM career for tribal youth and to have Indigenous architecture create real change in Tribal communities.

Katrina Phillips

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe
Assistant Professor of American Indian History Macalester College

Katrina Phillips, an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, serves on the Macalester College faculty as an Assistant Professor of American Indian History. She spent two years as a Consortium for Faculty Diversity fellow at Macalester before moving to the tenure-track.

She earned her BA and Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota, where she served as a co-chair for the University’s interdisciplinary American Indian and Indigenous Studies Workshop. She is a past recipient of the U of M’s prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship as well as the Graduate Research Partnership Program grant. Professor Phillips teaches courses on American Indian and American history.

Her current research focuses on the role of American Indian historical pageants in the development of regional tourist economies in the 20th and 21st century.

Levi Rickert

Prairie Band Potawatomi
Founder/Publisher/Editor Native News Online

Levi Rickert is the founder, publisher and editor of Native News Online. Levi won a 2021 National Native Media Award from the Native American Journalists Association for Best Column in the print/online category. He also serves on the advisory board of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association.

Tracey Zephier, Treasurer

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Legal Counsel NDN Collective

Tracey serves as Legal Counsel for NDN Collective. Before that, she served as Attorney General for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Prior to her Attorney General role, she was a partner in the Rapid City, South Dakota, law firm of Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan and previously was the president and CEO of First Nations Oweesta Corporation. Tracey has also served as a banker, an auditor for the South Dakota Department of Labor and executive director of the South Dakota Equal Justice Commission.