Margaret Landin, Senior, UTTC Elementary Education Program (United Tribes News Photo ALICIA HEGLAND-THORPE)

Margaret Landin, an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation and a Senior at United Tribes Technical College double majoring in Elementary Education and Business has been selected as one of 25 Native Nations citizens to serve on the Native Nations Rebuilders Program Cohort 9 through the Bush Foundation and Native Governance Center.

25 citizens from 12 Native nations overlapping North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota have been selected for the ninth cohort of the Native Nation Rebuilders Program. Rebuilders consist of emerging and existing Native leaders looking to build leadership skills and nation building knowledge. With this newest cohort, 165 Native leaders call themselves Rebuilders.

The Bush Foundation launched the Native Nation Rebuilders Program in 2009 in response to the guidance of Tribal leaders. In early 2016, the Bush Foundation transitioned delivery of the Rebuilders Program to the newly created Native Governance Center, a Native-led nonprofit that delivers nation building support to Tribes.

Rebuilders will convene for four structured sessions during which they will also develop action plans to share knowledge with peers and their respective Tribal governments. The sessions involve partner organizations and individuals with expertise in nation building, organizing, and issues specific to Indian Country. National partners include the Native Nations Institute ( and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (

The Rebuilders’ names and Tribal affiliations are below and on the Native Governance Center website. The next round of applications for the tenth cohort of Rebuilders will be announced in the summer of 2018.

Native Nation Rebuilders Cohort 9

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (

Jesse Abernathy, Alissa Benoist

Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (

Elizabeth Jaakola

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (

Levi Brown

Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation (

Cesareo Alvarez, Margaret Landin, Sterling Reed, Cory Spotted Bear

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (

Katie Draper, Bradley Harrington

Oglala Sioux Tribe (

Darrell Brown Bull, Paulina Fast Wolf, Tamatane I’atala, Peri Pourier

Red Lake Nation (

Harvey Roy

Rosebud Sioux Tribe (

Lauri Bordeaux, Brian Dillon, Florence “Tinka” Duran, Cante Heart, Tori Whipple

Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe (

Melissa Brady

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (

Caleb Dogeagle

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (

Jamie Azure, Jona Peltier

Yankton Sioux Tribe (

Valeriah Big Eagle