Deborah Painte, MPA, (Arikara) is the director of the Native American Training Institute (NATI) in Bismarck, ND. NATI is an inter-tribal child welfare training organization created and governed by the four ND Tribal Child Welfare agencies serving the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Spirit Lake Tribe and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Deborah was a former Director of two system of care intiatives through the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services and the Children’s Bureau. Currently, NATI is a partner with the National Resource Center for Tribes lead by the Tribal Law & Policy Institute in conjunction with the Indian Child & Family Resource Center and University of Denver, Butler Institute for Families. NATI is also a collaborating partner with the Mountain & Plains Child Welfare Resource Center located at the University of Texas, Arlington in collaboration with the University of Denver, Butler Institute for Families. Previously, Ms. Painte served as the Executive Director for the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission for seven years. She has over thirty years of experience working in or with tribal communities in the area of strategic and program planning, community development, program administration, policy development & analysis, tribal advocacy, community mobilization & engagement, training & technical assistance for tribal human service agencies, financing strategies, program evaluation and research in tribal communities.
Sandra Bercier is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. She earned her Bachlor degree in Social Work from the University of Mary and her MBA from Gonzaga University. Much of Sandra's career has been spent working with people with disabilities and their families. She has five biological children, four grown daughters and one teenaged son. She has adopted into her heart many more children over the years, too many to count. She has six biological grandchildren; and again many more that she has adopted by heart. Family , education, the environment , and her spirituality are some things that are important to her. Sandra does extensive volunteer work in the field of Demestic Violence. She recently started a new path as the Training Director for the Native American Intstitute.
Marita Felix is the Administrative Assistant at the Native American Training Institute (NATI) in Bismarck, ND. She is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes she is Arikara, Santee Sioux, White Earth Chippewa. She has a Associates Degree in Business Information Specialist and is continuing her education at the University of Mary. She has worked for the State as a Data Information Specialist and also in the Special Investigation Unit for Workforce Saftey & Insurance (WSI) prior to working with the Native American Training Institute.She has three children one daughter and two boys that live with her in bismarck.