NDNV Board of Directors

 

Jonathan Catch The Bear-Leafe is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and comes from the Hunkpapa Lakota band. Jonathan is a member of the Board of Directors for North Dakota Native Vote (NDNV) and has volunteered his time since the organization was founded in 2018.

Jonathan Catch The Bear-Leafe is also currently a Business Administration major at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND, attaining his Bachelor’s Degree. Jonathan is currently President of the Sitting Bull College Two Spirit Club, and Co-Vice President of Marketing and Outreach for the American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) Club, Sitting Bull College Chapter.

During his scholastic career at Sitting Bull College, Jonathan has participated in the inaugural NASA Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) from which he received an internship at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, within the Program Management Office of the Small Business Innovation Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program for the summer of 2019. Additionally, Jonathan has interned for NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, as the Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) Intern for the Office of STEM (OSTEM) Engagement which he completed virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020.

Jonathan has also participated in various business plan competitions, one being the American Indigenous Business Plan competition 2021 which was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic where the Sitting Bull College AIBL Chapter won second place in the Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) division; as well as the AIBL Chapter of the Year- Tribal College Division. From there, the Sitting Bull College AIBL Chapter was selected as semifinalists to compete at the National American Indigenous Business Leaders Business Plan Competition in Las Vegas this past July where the Sitting Bull College AIBL Chapter took third place in the Tribal Colleges and Universities Division. All while maintaining a reputable grade point average.

My name is Lisa DeVille.  My Indigenous name is “Mah-eah-zah-Ah-gaw-gish” (Hidatsa), or in English “Accomplishes Everything”.  I am a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations.  I and my family are lifelong residents of Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.  Every day, we witness the environmental, health, and social impacts of living on the front lines of the Bakken oil and gas extraction.

I am a co-founder and creator of grassroots group the Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights (POWER).  I serve on the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) Board of Directors.  I serve on Western Organization of Resource Council (WORC) Board of Directors and member of DRC Oil and Gas Task Force, all groups that work on responsible energy development in Western North Dakota.  I serve as board member of North Dakota Native Vote, a grassroots organization that builds power for North Dakota’s tribal communities.  I serve on the Climate Nexus Energy Transition Grant Advisory Committee.  I served on the Vision West ND Project Consortium.  I also served on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) in Washington, D.C.

Over the years I testified on my experience of living with oil and gas to North Dakota State government, the United States Federal government, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Tribal Government and to the United Nations on many issues such as environmental protections (policy and regulations) and health, social issues, taxes, education, and protecting women and children.

I received my Master of Business Administration and Master of Management from the University of Mary.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, an Associate of Science in Science, and an Associate of Applied Science in Information Management Specialist from Nueta, Hidatsa, and Sahnish College.

Wes Davis (Anishinabe from Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) Belcourt, North Dakota. Wes Davis is the Facility Manager at Turtle Mountain Community College located in Belcourt, ND. Wes attended North Western Technical College in Bemidji, Minnesota where he studied HVAC. His education and experience have led him to designing a clean energy grid system that has taken Turtle Mountain Community College almost completely off the grid. Wes has organized in his community on many issues including MMIW, MMIP, clean energy advocacy, voting rights, youth suicide prevention, and women’s self-defense. Wes and his family live in Belcourt, ND.