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Hiràaca Maa Aru Càawi Board of Directors & Staff


Vice Chair

From Mandaree, North Dakota, Wind Spirit Spotted Bear (Huci Idaxgi'sh) currently works as the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Agency MABU based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. She also currently teaches the Nu'eta (Mandan) language at Nueta Hidatsa and Sahnish College. She holds a bachelors from the University of North Dakota in New Art Media and graphic Design. 

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Amber Finley (Aahbi Mia'sh) is a gradute of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (​A.A. Liberal Arts A.S. Science), University of North Dakota (Fisheries and Wildlife Biology) and University of San Francisco (Environmental Science). She currently serves as part of the Science Faculty and as the Director of Research and Development at the Nueta Hidatsa and Sahnish College in New Town on the Fort Berthold Reservation.



Ryan Eagle (Icuuwashga Girabi Shibisha'sh) is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation and a gradute of the University of North Dakota. He now serves as the Public Health Research Project Manager at the American Indian Public Health Resource Center (AIPHRC) at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND



Growing up in Van Hook, North Dakota Twlya Baker graduated from New Town High School and later attended and graduated with her doctorate's in Teaching & Learning: Research Methodology. from the University of North Dakota. She is a proud Miri Baadi (Water Buster Clan) and has served has the Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College President since 2014.

Mike Barthelemy (Ceesha Igubariiri'sh) who is Mandan, Hidatsa , and Tongva, currently works as an archivist at the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Cultural Interpretative Center in Four Bears segment on Fort Berthold. He is currently a History Ph.D candidate at the University of New Mexico.  


Executive Director

Lisa Casarez (Hihci Nugabugii'sh) is Ciicga Naagi (Prairie Chicken clan), and a former Hidatsa k12 teacher at Mandaree School (2017-2020). A graduate of United Tribes Technical College (AAS), University of North Dakota (Communications B.A), Lisa is currently working on her Native American Linguistics MA from the University of Arizona. 

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