Floyd Braun has been a CRYP youth programs assistant since August 2014, applying his many years of experience in landscaping and estate management to programs involving CRYP’s Winyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) garden and to facilities/grounds maintenance. A member of the Aleut Nation, Unga Band of Aleutian Peoples, Floyd grew up in a family of commercial fishermen in the small coastal towns of the Pacific Northwest. Floyd worked hard for his family’s landscaping business while in school, graduating from Lakes High School in 1990. He later graduated from Clover Park Technical Institute as a certified landscape professional, also earning a certification in golf course management. Floyd’s senior project was the design installation of the baseball facilities for the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Floyd became a state-certified pesticide applicator, and he completed the Master Gardener program at Washington State University-Puyallup Extension. He worked in the landscape field and estate management industry for 18 years, also working part-time as a fisherman. He also worked as a landscaper in the Tacoma-Seattle area, serving commercial and residential clients such as The Boeing Company, Denny’s, Michael Phillips and Shirley McClain. Floyd retired from commercial fishing in 2004 and continued in business as a landscaper and estate manager till 2007. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in the personal protective industry in both Washington and South Dakota; then, from mid-2011 to late 2014, he worked for Lakota Cash in Timber Lake. Married with two grown children, Floyd is passionate about indigenous treaty rights and human rights. He also enjoys fishing and camping.