John Yellow Hawk used a loan and grant from Lakota Funds' Su Owojupi (They're Planting) Project to plant a garden that will infuse the Pine Ridge Reservation with a variety of fresh vegetables and help mitigate health issues caused from living in a food desert. Read more.
Emma Clifford, Vice Chair
Brian Kirk, Loan Committee Chair
Wilma Standing Bear, Secretary
Mike Her Many Horses, Member
Jim Mirehouse, Loan Committee Member
Jim Mirehouse is a Montana native raised on cattle ranch. He served in the United States Air Force as pilot, staff officer, and commander for twenty-two years. He retired at the rank of Colonel and began a career in financial services. Mr. Mirehouse functioned as a loan officer, bank president, and regional manager with a major national banking system working in all aspects of commercial banking. Following his banking career, he founded a Venture Capital Company in South Dakota to provide startup equity capital for new businesses and served as the Regional Manager for the Small Business Development Center for Western South Dakota. Currently, Mr. Mirehouse is CEO of the Black Hills Business Development Center and Genesis Equity Fund, LLC. He serves on five company boards of directors, several non-profit boards in addition to the Lakota Funds Loan Committee.
Arvine Standing Elk, Member
Arvine Standing Elk was born in Porcupine, South Dakota. She is now retired after serving in various aspects for the federal government. Throughout her career she worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Services in South Dakota, Oregon, and Washington. In addition, she worked for the Bonneville Power Administration in Oregon and Washington. Ms. Standing Elk worked in the private sector in California for Hughes Aircraft Company, YWCA, and the city government in Topeka, Kansas. She is enjoying her retirement with her husband on their Horse Head Ranch just south of Rockyford. She and her husband have two sons.