STAFF AND BOARD
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
(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.
(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.
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.