STAFF AND BOARD

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
STAFF
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Board Members at Training
Board Members at Training
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Bonita at Hopa Board Training
Bonita at Hopa Board Training
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DANA KINGFISHER

President

Dana Croff Kingfisher, is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe and Descendant of the Blackfeet Nation, where she was born and raised through a Pikunii akii (Blackeet Woman) lense. She has been living with her family for the past 20 years in Missoula. Dana has been working for the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center for 14 years. She is very honored to have had the opportunity to support and empower the Missoula Urban Indian community through culturally relevant programming.  "I first came to know ITGS, through a Level I Instructors training at the East Glacier Park Lodge. I enjoyed it so much and was inspired to bring the games and their teachings to Missoula!" Her experience with making and teaching traditional games into her community, inspires her to be a part of the International Traditional Games Society Board of Directors.

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ART WESTWOLF

Vice President

(Blackfeet)  Art has been involved in the teaching profession for 34 years. With degrees in Blackfeet Elementary and Blackfeet Bilingual plus a Class 7 Endorsement for native languages certified by the State of Montana, Arthur worked for Vina Chattin School and Nizipuhwahsin Blackfeet Immersion Schools before taking his current position teaching Blackfoot language and cultural activities at Browning Elementary School. He has additionally taught many successful Blackfeet traditional drum groups, performing all over the state of Montana and the United States. He is the proud father of 12 children and lives with his wife, Valerie, near Browning, MT.

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BENITA PLAINFEATHER

Treasurer

(Assininboine) Bonita has been on the ITGS Board since 2006, when the traditional games summer camp was moved to the Fort Belknap Reservation. There, she has been involved in traditional game activities connected with the Diabetes Program, Social Services, and other tribal agency events. She is an essential part of the history of this organization and a very valuable asset to its future.

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KERI CONTER

Secretary

Keri was born in Billings, MT and is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe.  She spent her early years traveling the world with her family due to her father being in the military and then settled back in Billings for 30 years before relocating to the Great Falls area.  Keri attended Rocky Mountain college and graduated with a B.S. in Biology.  Straight out of college she obtained a job at an environmental laboratory in Billings and have been there for the last 18 years.   Keri also has obtained her license to work part time as a real estate salesperson.   

 

In her free time Keri enjoys shopping for antiques, gardening, and baking.  Keri loves Montana and during the summer her favorite thing to do is to go camping on the Stillwater river with her family.

 Keri and her family moved to the Great Falls area 2 years ago.  It has been an exciting time for them and feels like a natural fit.  Keri is grateful for the generosity and hospitality our neighbors have given her family during their time of transition.

 

With a passion for service, Keri looks forward to the being able to volunteer her skills and knowledge to ITGS and is excited to be a part of a great organization.

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CALVIN GONE III

Board Member

My name is Calvin P. Gone III. I am a proud Gros Ventre/UMÓⁿHOⁿ man who happened to be blessed to grow on the Fort Belknap Reservation, Harlem, Montana. I was filled with pride as I entered the sacred circle at an early age as a grass dancer and later a traditional dancer. I then began to sing traditional powwow songs with my father, Calvin Jr., head singer for the Hays Singers. The Hays Singers were the very first drum located on the Fort Belknap Reservation; I am currently the fourth generation head singer of the Hays Singers, drum keeper and the third Calvin P. Gone to inherit being the lead singer. I was given my feathers by my grandfather Corbet Tyndall, WWII Navy vet at the UMÓⁿHOⁿ Harvest Celebration, Macy, Nebraska.

I grew up at Fort Belknap Reservation with my parents Calvin P. Gone, Jr. (Gros Ventre) and Gloria Grant Gone (UMÓⁿHOⁿ), who have been married for 46 years. I have three siblings: Jeremey P. Gone, Patrick R. (Gone) Returns To War, Sr. and Erica S. Gone Montes. I have two daughters, Jacklyn Frances Gone and Olivia Joyce Gone. I would like to mention that I have asked to be a spokesperson and have provided presentations on the topic of Recovering from Alcohol and Drug and the struggles on the Red Road.

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Executive Director

KATI ANTONICH

Kati Antonich is a descendant of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. Kati is currently the Executive Director for International Traditional Games Society. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2001. Kati has 14 years’ experience in Acute Care and 8 years’ experience in Public Health, Commercial Tobacco education/prevention, Group Facilitation, Youth Camps, mentoring programs and grant writing and facilitation.

Kati is passionate about helping others. She enjoys seeing others find themselves and succeed in their life journey. She loves helping the youth and seeing them laugh and smile! Kati strives to be a positive role model for all she crosses paths with.

In her spare time, Kati enjoys spending time with her family and their dogs, riding her horses, team roping, and spending time in the MT outdoors.

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Grants and Planning Director

DEEANNA BRADY-LEADER

DeeAnna has been involved with the research and recovery of the traditional games since 1991. When working as an assistant principal at Browning Middle School, she and others brought back 20 games from written and oral history, and were played by Blackfeet youth. DeeAnna’s experience as a school administrator in Indian Education has been beneficial to "Indian Education for All" programs throughout Montana.