Jeremy Patterson is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Minicoujou/Itazipco Lakota) and is a founding partner of Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson, LLP, a law firm specializing in the practice of Federal Indian law. Mr. Patterson received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Master of Laws degree in American Indian and Indigenous Law from the University of Tulsa. As part of his Master of Laws thesis, Mr. Patterson developed a legal history of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the first published comprehensive legal history of an American Indian tribe that fully documents the evolution of a tribe’s legal, economic social and political systems.
Mr. Patterson focuses his practice on representing American Indian tribes and tribal organizations in a vast array of areas including tribal government representation, tribal economic development, revision of tribal constitutions, management of water resources, and water rights settlement claims. Mr. Patterson also assists Tribal clients with energy development and policy issues, oil and gas development agreements, midstream projects and other permitting and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Patterson is the past recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) Native American 40 Under 40 Award, has been listed in the “The Best Lawyers in America©” and recognized by Denver based 5280 Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Native American Law for 2017 and 2018.
Karla Abbott teaches behavioral health nursing. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Karla is involved in research that preserves the health of Native Americans and increases Native American participation in the STEM fields. Karla is faculty advisor to the Augustana Nursing Student Association (ANSA). She received her B.S.N. from Michigan State University, her master’s in nursing from Augustana, and her DNP from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.
Jeffrey Meyer graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in finance. He also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance, with honors, from San Diego State University. Jeffrey is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. He also holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. He joined SeaCrest in 2008 and has more than 20 years of service in the financial services industry. Since moving home to South Dakota from California 10 years ago, Jeffrey has served on the board of directors for Catholic Social Services, and he remains on the finance committee. He has been an active member of Rushmore Rotary; in his time with Rotary, he has worked to support Storybook Island and served as youth exchange coordinator, member of the board of directors and member of various fundraising committees.
An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and resident of the Cheyenne River Reservation, Peggy has served as a Speech Language Pathologist for the US Bureau of Indian Affairs/Bureau of Indian Education for 30+ years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology, Audiology, Psychology and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology.
She has served as a member of South Dakota Parent Connection, State Youth Dakota Task Force to establish benchmarks for Early Childhood, the Community Advisory Committee for the University of South Dakota/Center for Disabilities and co-authored published research on Cultural Relevancy of Language Assessments. She has also worked to establish, coordinate and provide assessments in collaboration with the University of SD/Center for Disabilities for the CR Developmental Clinic here on Cheyenne River.
Currently retired from the Bureau of Indian Education, she continues to provide limited oversight and technical assistance to the Cheyenne River Infant and Toddler Program, that she directed for many years, through a consultant contract with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Peggy has been a member of the Cheyenne River Youth Project board of directors for 30+ years.
Recently appointed to the Cheyenne River Youth Project Board of Directors, Lonnie has been a proud supporter and advocate of the youth organization for years. As owner and operator of two Dairy Queen franchises, one located in Eagle Butte, Lonnie brings a wide variety of business and management experience to the organization. Also serving on the Four Bands Community Fund board, he is committed to advancing opportunities for youth and community members on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation. Lonnie resides in Pierre, SD with his family.
Kibbe McGaa Brown
Kibbe McGaa Brown is a member of the Oglala band of Lakota. A Registered Dietitian, Kibbe has served over 25 years in Indian Country, Primarily with Indian Health Service (IHS). Currently the Nutrition Consultant with the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, IHS, Headquarters. Kibbe and her family reside in Hill City, South Dakota.