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Executive Committee

John Poupart
Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa (WI)
AIPC President
1463 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Marie Failinger
Professor, Hamline University School of Law
1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Jessica Ryan
Brothertown (WI)
Attorney, Bluedog Law Office
4036 16th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Sheryl Lightfoot
L’Anse Lake Superior Band of Chippewa (MI)
Independent Consultant
15162 Dakota Trail North
Prior Lake, MN 55372

Vice Chair
Peggy Roy
National Indian Council on Aging,
1821 University Avenue Suite S-308,
St. Paul, MN 55104

Board Members

Gene Artishon

Kim Strand
Lac Courte Orielles (WI)
Business Consultant
250 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis , MN 55404

Dr. David Born
Professor, University of Minnesota
Division of Health Ecology
15-136 Moos Tower
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bill Carter
Grand Portage Band of Chippewa (MN)
City of Minneapolis
Health & Family Support
250 South 4th Street - Room 110
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1372

Larry Leventhal
Attorney, Leventhal & Associates
529 South 7th Street
Suite 420 Sexton Building
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Sandy Glass-Sirany
White Earth Band of Chippewa (MN)
Attorney / Legislative Analyst
5396 Lexington Avenue North
Shoreview, MN 55126

Dr. David Wilkins
Lumbee (NC)
Professor, University of Minnesota
2 Scott Hall
72 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Roy Taylor
Pawnee / Choctaw (OK)
RTS TAKA Consulting
5036 Luverne Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Dr. Sally Hunter
White Earth Band of Chippewa (MN)
Professor, St. Thomas University
2174 Berkley Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


Honorary Board Members

Gregg Bourland
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (SD)

Dr. Vine Deloria Jr.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SD)

Dr Vine Deloria Walked on and we talk him for all he has done in the community and for the people.

Bobby Whitefeather
Red Lake Band of Ojibwe (Minn.)


John Poupart

Education: Masters of Public Policy (MPA), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1980. BA, Criminal Justice, University of Minnesota, 1977. Leadership Seminar, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, 1983. Paradox of Leadership, 1985

Employment: President and founder of the American Indian Policy Center, a unique non-profit American Indian organization that does research (Reality-based) and advocacy for American Indians policy issues. The mission of the organization is to provide accurate historic and cultural information about American Indians.

Related Experience: Poupart is responsible directly and indirectly for helping start many American Indian social service programs in Minnesota. He is founder of Anishinabe Longhouse, a culturally specific Corrections halfway house for American Indian ex-offenders. He was appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich as Ombudsman for Corrections; served on the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission; Minneapolis City Planning Commission, and; Minneapolis Charter Commission.

Poupart retired ten years ago from the Department of Corrections after 23 years of excellent service. He has brought members of the American Indian community together to start a new Indian leadership group in St. Paul (St. Paul Indians in Action). He sponsored a number of Policy and Issues Forums for the Indian community and for non-Indians that work with the Indian communities. He was responsible for creating a Health Disparities Committee in the Indian community of Minneapolis, and a committee to address the disparities of American Indian children placed out of home in Minnesota.

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