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Wisconsin’s 24 Most Influential Native American Leaders, Part 4


This is the fourth of a five-part series. Part one is here, part two is here and part three is here.

Angela Miller is the Chief of Staff and Assistant Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and Chief Diversity Officer at UW-Platteville. She has been at University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2011 and she became assistant chancellor in 2018. Her work at UW-Platteville involves fostering programs to support underserved populations, including a STEM Discovery Outreach Program and a new Hispanic outreach program. She was honored with the UW System Regents’ Diversity Award in 2017. 

Deborah Thundercloud is general manager of the Oneida Nation, a role she returned to 2019. Previous to that she was chief of staff at the National Indian Gaming Association. Thundercloud has served in many roles within the Oneida Nation, including as Chairwoman from 1993 to 1999, Vice-chairwoman from 1990-1993 and as Oneida’s General Manager from 2006-2011.  Prior to serving the Oneida Nation in her role as General Manager, she was an executive with Bellin Health overseeing the Support Care Center; which consisted of engineering, facilities, food service and purchasing, biomedical engineering and patient ancillary services. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay and master’s degree from Marquette.

Reva Shaw is a member of the Menominee Nation and is training for a masters in exceptional education and certification in special education at the Electa Quinney Institute at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She chose to go into the field of education after over 20 years in Human Services because she is very concerned about the disproportionality of Native American students in Special Education and hopes to make a difference The institute’s aim is to strengthen and celebrate American Indian education with strong connections to indigenous teaching practices around the globe.

Ernest Stevens III, a member of the Oneida nation, is the regional director for the 7G Foundation, a collection of entrepreneurs, coaches and tribal leaders molding the next generation of Native leaders. He is also founder and president of the Indian Gaming Esports Association. Stevens was invited to the United Nations for the Media for Social Impact event as a panelist representing Indigenous Nations. He has also been recognized on a national level for his efforts in Tourism, Film, TV, and Marketing. 

Christopher Kilgour is tribal programs manager for the Information Technology Academy at the UW-Madison, where he coordinates efforts to bring Lac du Flambeau and Oneida youth into IT programs at UW. He is also founder of Color in the Outdoors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy, engagement, education, and community networking organization focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoor world locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Part Five coming tomorrow!