Executive Director

Arnell Abold

Arnell D. Abold, an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe, was recently appointed to the position of the Executive Director for the InterTribal Buffalo Council, also known as ITBC.  Ms. Abold is the first Native woman to serve as Director of ITBC since its inception in 1992.  Ms. Abold previously served as the Fiscal Director for the organization since November 2001.  She continues to devote her career to the vision and the mission of the organization.  Her passion, belief, and devotion to the buffalo and the membership tribes that hold the buffalo sacred is what drives her dedication and loyalty to the organization.

Prior to her employment with ITBC, Ms. Abold was employed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe as the Finance Officer to the Treasurer; Red Cloud Indian School as the Business Manager, as well as the American Horse Indian School as their Business Manager.  Additional work experience Ms. Abold had was during her early years after graduating from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Prior to graduating, Ms. Abold was nominated to participate in the Walt Disney World College Program for an internship in Orlando, Florida.  This internship was the jumping point for her career working in the hospitality industry as a Finance Director.  It was in 1994 that Ms. Abold returned home to South Dakota where she continues to reside.

Ms. Abold’s educational background consists of an MBA in Business Administration as well as an MM in Human Resource Management, both of which were obtained from National American University in Rapid City, South Dakota.  She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Throughout her career, Ms. Abold not only gained valuable experience along with insightful knowledge, but she also learned to be open to continually being willing to learn and grow and to never give up.   And it is through the buffalo that her connection to her culture and spirituality became visible.


Fiscal Director

Charleen Eagle Elk

Anpetu Was’te, Charleen Eagle Elk emiciyape.  Wazi paha miye elti.

Good Day, my name is Charleen Eagle Elk, I am from Pine Ridge, SD. I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. I am the newly selected Fiscal Director for ITBC.  I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm handshake to all of the member tribes that are a part of ITBC and a warm welcome to the general public.

In becoming the new Fiscal Director it has become clear that ITBC is busy with a variety of different endeavors that continue to be the focus. I look forward to working alongside our staff, the Board of Directors and member tribes to make all of our projects a success as we keep our mission at the forefront of our goals.

“Restoring buffalo to Indian Country, to preserve our historical, cultural, traditional and spiritual relationship for future generations.”

I am excited and look forward to being a part of ITBC and participating in the preservation of a huge part of our history, a necessity for survival of indigenous people across the US and its territories.

The Buffalo Nation – Tatanka!


Technical Services Provider

Patrick Toomey

Patrick Toomey has been with ITBC since the spring of 2016 when he started as a Range Technician. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2011, after which he worked in the oil and gas industry as a reclamation ecologist. After oil started its downward trend, Patrick decided to get back to what drove him into Rangeland Ecology in the first place, wildlife habitat restoration and farm and ranch ecology. During his first years at ITBC, Patrick took a back seat and learned the nuances of working with Tribes, but has since led the charge to create a proactive, holistic approach for Tribal bison restoration focusing on cultural  restoration. He also has been very active advocating for ITBC and Tribal bison restoration to various audiences and sits on the National Bison Association Board of Directors as a liaison for ITBC. He is an accredited Associate Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and is working on his Accredited Professional of Holistic Management from the Savory Institute.


Administrative Assistant

Wamni Kills In Water

Hello relatives, my name is Wamni Kills In Water, Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud, SD.  My personal interests include time with family/friends, helping others as well as strengthening and maintaining our cultural and spiritual traditions.

I am delighted to join the InterTribal buffalo Council as the Administrative Assistance.  I had the pleasure of meeting numerous tribal representatives, managers/leaders during the past two years and hope to see you in the future.

I would like to thank ITBC and its members for the opportunity to represent ITBC.  Mitakuye Oyasin.


Also working on an intermittent, part-time basis are Rita Weatherbee ( and Susan Ricci (