Ain Dah Yung Center

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Joe Hobot
Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation
President

Dr. Hobot, CEO of American Indian OIC, born in Minneapolis/St. Paul, is dedicated to empowering the urban American Indian community. With ancestral roots in the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation, he's committed to workforce development and education. Recognized for his service, Dr. Hobot received the Bear Award from the MN American Indian Chamber of Commerce and was named one of "100 People to Know in 2020" by Twin Cities Business Magazine. Residing in Minneapolis, he continues his mission to uplift communities nationwide.

Jasmine Grika
Cheyenne River Sioux & Red Lake Nation
Vice President

Jasmine Grika's dedication, and passion advocating for healing and justice is driven by her personal experience in the child protection system. Much of her background is with the ICWA, and helping systems build their capacity for change. She currently works as the Disability Services Division Tribal Coordinator for MN DHS, focused on government-to-government relations.

Kelly Miller
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Secretary

Kelly Miller is the Director of the Department of Indian Work for Interfaith Action. She brings strong leadership, on-the-ground experience, and deep relationships to her position. Kelly also serves as chair for Saint Paul Indians in Action, board secretary for the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center, board secretary for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Housing Board, and sits on the Tiwahe Foundation board of directors. She is a member of the American Indian Parent Advisory Council for ISD #623. When Kelly is not working, she is busy being a mom to her two young children. She and her husband enjoy going to the movies, shopping, reading, swimming and attending powwows.

William (Bill) Vanderwall
Treasurer

Bill Vanderwall has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, housing, community engagement, serving as Community Development Manager at Minnesota Housing before his retirement in 2020.

Jane Prince
Director

Jane Prince represented Ward 7 on St. Paul’s City Council from 2015–2023 as an advocate for better housing for children and families. Before her time on city council, Jane was an attorney, a community volunteer, and a city council legislative aide.

Brooke Blakey
Director

Brooke Blakey, director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety, joined the City of Saint Paul from Metro Transit, where she has served as Chief of Staff to Metro Transit Chief of Police. In this role, she oversaw operations, investigations, administration and community outreach and engagement, along with ushering forward the development of the Metro Transit Police Department’s Homeless Action Team (HAT).

Eric Buffalohead
Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma
Director

Eric Buffalohead is Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies at Augsburg University where he teaches numerous courses including "American Indian in the Cinema." When not teaching, he performs in the Native American blues band Bluedog, who performed in 2018 and 2019 at ADYC's Badges & Blues fundraiser.

Melissa Bringsthem
Red Lake Nation Ojibwe & Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota
Director

Melissa Bringsthem has a Degree in Business Management and currently works in housing management. In her free time she is a dedicated outreach worker; assisting children, young adults and adults in Minneapolis. She enjoys learning and teaching cultural values while helping to make healthy changes for all.

Gabrielle (Gaby) Strong
Sisseton-Wahpeton, Mdewakanton Dakota
Honorary Board Member

Managing Director, NDN Collective - Foundation.
Part of the initial community organizing and founding efforts of Ain Dah Yung; former staff and Executive Director 1986-2000.