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Stacey M. LaCompte

Bismarck, ND

Stacey (Tiger) LaCompte is Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance, a joint venture of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission and the North Dakota Department of Commerce, located in Bismarck, ND, commissioned to grow and strengthen Native American entrepreneurship statewide. Stacey also currently serves as Project Manager for the Native American Development Corporation PTAC, and as Project Manager on Native Initiatives for Agency MABU.

Previously, Stacey served as Executive Director of the Wakpa Sica Historical Society, Inc.; Executive Director of the Great Sioux Nations; Acting Director of the He Sapa Repatriations Alliance; Project Coordinator for the Great Plains Economic and Commerce Association; and Co-Founder of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, among other positions.  

Stacey is a first cohort member of Native Nation Rebuilders selected by the Bush Foundation in 2010. For many years, Stacey has advanced the training and education of emergency medical professionals and has been recognized for her contributions. Stacey is the recipient of several professional and civic awards, including recognitions from the National Indian School Board Association and for work supporting crime victims. Stacey has served on numerous civic boards and committees, including City of Fort Pierre, SD, Board of adjustments and Appeals; Fort Pierre, SD, Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary; Law Enforcement Auxiliary; Fort Pierre American Legion Auxiliary, among others.

Stacey is married to Brian LaCompte, BIA Supervisory Special Agent, Internal Affairs, and is a proud mother of five children and grandmother of four grandsons and one granddaughter.

LeRoy "JR" LaPlante, Esq.

Sioux Falls, SD

JR LaPlante is the Director of Tribal Relations for Avera Health where he serves as contact for area tribal government and Indian Health Services and works with tribes and the IHS to improve the health and wellness of tribal members.

He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is a 2009 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.

He served as an Equal Justice Works, AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with South Dakota Access to Justice in 2009 and is a member of the first cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders selected by the Bush Foundation in 2010.  JR served as the first Secretary of Tribal Relations for the State of South Dakota from 2011-2014. 

He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Tribal Liaison for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota in 2014-2015.  He previously practiced Indian law and was the chief judge and court administrator for the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, and is a former administrative officer for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

JR is married to Kathy and they have one daughter.  His Lakota name is Tasunke Waste (His Horse is Beautiful).    

Morrie Lanning

Moorhead, MN

Morrie Lanning recently retired from public service representing Moorhead and Northern Clay County in the Minnesota House of Representatives for the past ten years. Morrie was first elected to the House in 2002 after serving as the Mayor of Moorhead from 1980 through 2001 and as a City Alderman from 1974 through 1979. Throughout his 38 years of public service, he has held numerous leadership positions in city, state, and regional organizations. In recent years Morrie authored legislation to move Minnesota's water management governance to a basin and watershed system, an issue he worked on throughout his years of public service. He worked to found the International Coalition for Land and Water Stewardship in the Red River Basin in 1979 and was a founder and the first chair of the Red River Basin Board. Morrie has been a delegate to the Legislator's Forum and a member of the Steering Committee for the past ten years. He is known for his work on flood mitigation, water supply, water quality, and for his authorship on pension reform and a new statium for Minnesota.

After spending nearly 39 years as an administrator at Concordia College in Moorhead, he retired in 2005 as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Morrie began working at Concordia College after earning his BA in History-Political Science and Psychology from the College in 1966. He earned his MS in Guidance and Counseling from NDSU in 1968.

Morrie recently established a consulting firm, Morrie Lanning Consulting LLC. He offers consulting services in areas such as water resource management, government relations, and organizational leadership and management.

Steve Andrist

Bismarck, ND

Steven J. Andrist, a third-generation North Dakota weekly newspaper publisher, was named Executive Director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association in 2013 and was described as “a perfect fit” for the NDNA by then President Kathleen Leinen.

Andrist is the grandson of the late Calvin Andrist and son of the late State Senator John Andrist, both long-time publishers of The Journal at Crosby and both inductees into the NDNA Hall of Fame. Steve Andrist published The Journal for 21 years until selling the newspaper in 2012, completing 91 years of family ownership of the newspaper. Steve Andrist also published the Tioga Tribune which he also sold in 2012.

Andrist is a 1972 graduate of Divide County High School, Crosby, and a 1976 journalism graduate of the University of North Dakota. He began his career as a reporter at the Bismarck Tribune and later held reporting and editing positions at the Winona (Minn.) Daily News and Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin. He took over ownership of the Crosby newspaper in 1991 and served as NDNA President in 2001. He has also served on the National Newspaper Association Board of Directors. While in Crosby, he was active in many community organizations including the Divide County Job Development Authority and Crosby Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Barbara, former grants manager for the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Agency, are the parents of three adult sons and have three grandchildren.

Andrew Maragos

Minot, ND

Andrew Maragos is a businessman and Vietnam veteran, who is involved in family business pursuits. He was also a Republican State Legislator, having served in the ND House of Representatives from 1993-2005, and 2010-2018.

Dennis Hill

Bismarck, ND

Dennis Hill retired in July 2016 as the executive vice president and general manager of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) in Mandan. Hill served in this position since 1987, and worked for NDAREC for 34 years. In his position at NDAREC, Hill served as the chief executive officer for NDAREC’s board of directors and served as editor-in-chief of North Dakota LIVING magazine. While employed at NDAREC, Hill also served on the advisory board of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University (NDSU), and as treasurer of the N.D. Coordinating Council for Cooperatives.

In 2014, Hill was elected to be a consumer representative on the board of Noridian Mutual Insurance Company (dba Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND). He was re-elected to another three year term in December of 2016.

Hill earned his bachelor’s degree in university studies (communications) from NDSU and is a graduate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's CEO Leadership Lab. 

Christine Hogan

Chair, Bismarck, ND

Christine Hogan is a staff attorney for the North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Project (P & A).  She is the former Executive Director of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and a Committee Chair of the North Dakota Judicial system. She practiced law in Bismarck for over 25 years, specializing in litigation. She is also a spokesperson for the legal community, and for disability rights.

David L. Kemnitz

Mandan, ND

David Kemnitz is the Past President and Chief Executive Officer of the statewide American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL/CIO). He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 714.

Carolyn Nelson

Secretary/Treasurer, Fargo, ND

Carolyn Nelson is a retired Democratic State Legislator. She is a senior lecturer emeritus of mathematics at North Dakota State University, and is on the Board of Directors for the International Music Camp. She also served as a past president of the National Federation of Music Clubs, a national organization that promote American music and musicians as well as music education.


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