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We've expanded our team to meet the growing demand for our programs!

We're glad to be growing our team and the services we offer across Indian Country. Let's welcome our newest staff members - Kristi Gutierrez and Dawnee LeBeau!


Kristi Gutierrez

Development Services Officer


As our Development Services Officer, Kristi will be working on an individual basis with our borrowers and helping them increase their knowledge and access resources they need to be successful in their ag operations. Before coming to Akiptan Kristi worked for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and also in the financial industry. Kristi is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.


Dawn E. “Dawnee” LeBeau

Program Officer


In her role as Program Officer, Dawnee will be supporting our organization as we develop new programs and services as well as expand our current programming. Dawnee is a mentee with the Seed Seva Mentorship and the Native Food and Culinary Mentorship. She serves as a Master Gardener with the South Dakota State University Extension Master Gardener Program. Dawnee is a member of the Oóhenuŋpa Itázipčo Tetoŋwaŋ band of the Lakota Nation.


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