Paul DeMain, also known as Skabewis, is a news journalist and Oneida/Ojibwe traditionalist. A member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and of Ojibwe descent, Paul has spent his life giving back to his community through political, religious and community-based organizations. He is currently the CEO of Indian Country Communications, a communications, publishing and marketing business. Indian Country Communications was one of the largest, private sector employers on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Mr. DeMain’s experience in news gathering, new media, small business enterprise development and politics has led him to be a speaker and lecturer through-out the United States. As a past president of the Native American Journalists Association, and incorporator of UNITY: Journalists of Color, a private businessman, and member of several Native ceremonial societies, DeMain has broad connections to the grass roots Native community as well as the communications industry. He is a graduate of Wausau West High School and now lives in Sawyer County near the pristine Chippewa Flowage.
Tara Gover—Secretary – Treasurer Board Member
Tara Gover is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. Her name is “Op-Ah-No-Keah” which translates to “White Feathers Under an Eagle’s Wing”. Tara resides in Broomfield, CO with her husband Phillip Gover, III, her two children and her dog. She is strongly tied to her native roots and enjoys volunteering with working with the Native youth in the North Denver area.
Tara enlisted in the Air National Guard where she attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. She served 6 years in reserve duty but with the chance to serve short active duty periods in Oklahoma City, Hawaii, England, Germany and the Azores.
Tara started her university studies at the University of Oklahoma in 1994 but completed her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000. She also attended the University of Oklahoma for her graduate degree in 2006.
Tara has worked as a computer professional for many years. Her positions included software developer, Application Analyst, and software application instructor. She is currently working as a Configuration and Testing Coordinator in Golden, Colorado.
Debbie Echohawk – Board Member
Deb Echo-Hawk… Pawnee Nation Keeper of the Seeds for the Pawnee Seed Preservation Program stores ancestral seeds and works on the challenge to bring back nutritional non-hybrid corn for the welfare of our people. Ms. Echo-Hawk is employed by the Pawnee Nation as the Supervisor of the Food Distribution Program and the Elder Nutrition Meals & Elder Care Services.
Eileen Little Thunder-Masquat—Board Member
Ms. Eileen Little Thunder-Masquat, is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Upper Cut Meat Community. Her tiospaye still lives on the original land allotment who also graduated from St. Francis Indian School, St. Francis, South Dakota. She graduated from Regis University, Denver, Colorado with an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration (Operations).
She began her career thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Relocation Program). She was employed at US WEST (Now Century Link) for 24 years, beginning as a telephone operator and completing her 24 years as an Operations Manager. She then moved onto employment at Time Warner Telecom in the National Operations Center as a Training Manager/Technician for the next five years. She then decided to look for growing opportunities in non-profit organizations. She began working for Sinte Gleska University, Mission South Dakota as the MIS Director for four years and was then tapped by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council to become the Executive Director for Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, South Dakota. Once the target operations were accomplished, she left and began working at the Denver Indian Center for the next seven years as the Native Workforce Director. All together Eileen has fifteen years of experience working in non-profits working with people, experienced in fundraising, budgeting, operations, Information Technologies and many years working in a Corporate Environment. In the meantime since 1998, she has been an Adjunct professor at Regis University teaching in the Computer Science division (undergraduate) and acting in a dual relationship in the Graduate Studies (Business) facilitating business classes. In 2016 she received her 18 year pin from Regis University. She is also a distinguished member of IEEE which is the world’s largest technical professional society.
Robert Outland, AIA, founding principal and majority partner of MOA ARCHITECTURE, is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. As Managing Principal, Bob has led MOA to recognition as one of Colorado’s most respected architectural firms, recipient of awards for quality of design and technical expertise.
Mr. Outland has been involved in American Indian cultural, social, and business activities for several years, as Past President of American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, and member of the Denver Indian Community Committee, which coordinated a major exhibition at Denver International Airport. MOA has contributed its services to a number of related projects, including ADA upgrades to the Native American Rights Fund facility in Boulder.
Mr. Outland consults with architects, designers, and building owners on ways to incorporate Native American values, aesthetics, and cultural imagery into projects.
Undergraduate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Mr. Potter was staff accountant at Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in Omaha, Nebraska and Senior Accountant in the Tax Department at Touche Ross Company in Denver, Colorado.
As partner in the law firm of Vaughan and Potter, he worked in the areas of tax, legal, and financial consulting involving oil and gas investments, equipment leasing, and the marketing of tax advantaged investments. Mr. Potter was co-founder, principal, and national sales manager of Denver Securities Corporation, a NASD securities firm and was responsible for developing a national sales team, sales material and presentations that marketed through law firms, CPAs and the brokers/dealer community.
Growing up on a cattle and horse ranch on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mr. Potter is a 4th generation enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. His children, Kristin Thal, Kara Clark and Brandon Potter are also enrolled along with his grandchildren. He has a passion for family, music, and the great outdoors.
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