Board of Directors

Twyla Baker, Ph.D.

Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
President Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

Dr. Baker is a Native Governance Center Rebuilder (Cohort 2) and serves as President of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, the chartered college of her Tribal Nation. Living and working in her home community, Dr. Baker brings networking expertise and real world experience working with Tribal Nations, which she has done throughout her career. As a researcher and data scientist, Dr. Baker is vested in ensuring Tribal Nations possess and employ quality data and information to empower and inform decision making for the good of Tribal citizens.

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.

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.

Tracey Zephier, Treasurer

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Legal Counsel NDN Collective