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.
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
Zintkala Luta Win (Little Red Bird), an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, joins ITBC with passion and enthusiasm. She comes to the organization after serving as a Tribal Liaison Assistant for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As such, she is familiar with the Endangered Species Act as well as grants, technical services, and partnerships with Tribes.
She has researched several species of significance including the American three-toed woodpecker with the U.S. Forest Service and Wildlife Society in the Black Hills National Forest as a Native American Research Assistant, the clouded leopard, manned wolf, and red panda at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as a practicum student, the gray wolf at the National Zoo as a student of Animal Behavior, and various traditional plants during her personal time and field experience.
Additionally, Zintkala received the Richard M. Milanovich fellowship to study at George Washington University through the Native American Political Leadership Program. There, she focused on Indian Policy and Environmental Law as a masters student, while interning at the Department of Health and Human Services – Intergovernmental & External Affairs Office, as well as the Administration of Native Americans. Prior, she received her B.S. in Applied Global Conservation from George Mason University where she served as Vice President of the Native American Indigenous Alliance and volunteered at the hydroponic greenhouse. She also interned at the Prince William National Forest Park where she controlled for invasive species and participated in several surveys including some for the American chestnut, eastern hemlock, bats, ticks, and deer.
When Zintkala isn’t working on what she loves, she is out exploring the woods with her sunka/dog, using her green thumb, or jingle dress dancing. Zintkala is beyond excited for this opportunity to work with Pte Oyate/Buffalo Nation and indigenous people. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet Tribal staff, learn from them, and give back in what way she can.
Technical Services Provider
Eric Selchert is a new Technical Services Provider for the Intertribal Buffalo Council. In the coming months he will be working to educate himself on the needs of the member tribes so that he can best assist with any program needs.
Eric received his Bachelors of Biology from Black Hills State University focusing on ecology and environmental studies. He also received training from Global Wildlife Services on Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization. While attending and after receiving his degree he volunteered on projects for the National Park Service, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Wyoming Game and Fish and the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
While working for the United States Forest Service Eric surveyed for multiple wildlife species and conducted habitat assessments. He also led an acoustical bat monitoring project and created a camera trap survey for the American marten, which allowed for the implementation of new timber harvest guidelines in marten habitat. Recently he was employed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a Biological Scientist for the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area. Again conducting various wildlife surveys, but the main focus of this position was the restoration of native habitats. To accomplish the restoration goals mechanical methods and prescribed burning were utilized. While there he became a Florida Certified Burner and has prepared and carried out certified burns on various habitats.
Eric is proud to be working with the ITBC and its members to restore such an iconic animal back to the landscape.