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My Anishinaabe name is Guyaushk (Seagull), am a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, from the Eagle Clan, have two sons, eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

I served on the Red Cliff Tribal Council and also as Tribal Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer. While following the Traditions and Culture of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Chippewa) all my life, it wasn’t until I started my journey into sobriety in 1992 that I fully appreciated and understood the strength of our Traditions.

My Bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration, my Master’s in Organizational Management, and my Doctorate in Business Administration. I’ve served as Adjunct Faculty for Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College, St. Cloud University, DQ-University, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. I also served as Director of the Red Cliff Outreach Site at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College. I am now retired but remain involved in Tribal Projects, including creating Native Art items.

I worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service for a combined 11 years. When there was emphasis to reduce Federal employees, I accepted a Buy-Out.  I began my own Tribal Management Consultant business, Guyaushk and Associates, concentrating on organizational management.

In 2015 I became aware of SAIGE and was pleased to present several workshops at Training Programs. I focus on a personal aspect and encourage integration of Cultural beliefs when working in Government, including a personal journey into Spirituality.

I was elected previously to the Board and would like to continue. I believe my continuous effort in learning and following tribal Traditions, being a Tribal Official, working at the Federal level, and experience as a Tribal Management Consultant are assets.

Chi Mii-Gwech (A big Thank You) for considering me to serve on the SAIGE Board. I consider it a true honor.


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