Ha-way O-gah-pa Za-ni.
My name is Brandon “Everett” Bandy. I prefer to go by my middle name of Everett. My Indian name is Man-khe O-thin. I am seeking a member seat in this year’s election and respectfully request your support and vote. I have the background to be an asset to our governing body. I would like to share with you some of my personal, academic, and professional information to allow you to know a little about me and my qualifications to serve in the capacity of Business Committee Member.
My father, Bryan Bandy, is a three-time combat veteran with 21 years of service in the US Marine Corps. During my father’s military service we had the opportunity to live in many places such as Miami, Tulsa, Broken Arrow Oklahoma, Southeastern Kansas, Southern California and Eastern North Carolina. This provided a perspective into life across our country and taught me values such as personal discipline, loyalty, respect, and selfless service. We are from the Clark family and are descendants of John Dardenne, son of Abraham Dardenne II and Teresa Cousatte. Some may remember my great grandmother, Mary Alice (Clark) Harper or some of my great aunts and uncles, such as George Clark, Ruth Clark, Lee Roy Clark or Don “Hoot” Gibson and his wife Mary Sacto.
I graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University. While attending college I received certifications of training in Federal Records Handling by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and in Casino Management and Policies from the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) signed by Ernie Stevens Jr. I graduated with my associate degree in 2007 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Indian Studies in 2011. This degree was focused on the laws and issues that affect tribes and tribal members. While attending Haskell I was also active in internships and several university organizations. These included serving as the Program Assistant for the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center where I assisted with the Haskell Green Campus Initiative. I also helped plan and execute a Department of Defense (DOD) funded World Human Geography Conference in 2011 in Lawrence, KS, and helped organize, execute and serve as a presenter for a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funded American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group conference also in 2011. Additionally, I was involved in campus journalism, including the Haskell News (video production) and the Indian Leader, which is the campus paper. I also completed two National Science Foundation (NSF) funded internships with the HERS center; and two internships with the Native American Journalist Association (NAJA).
Currently I serve as the director of the Quapaw Nation Historic Preservation Program. This position is grant funded by the National Park Service (NPS) and is established via Section 101(d)(2) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). I am responsible for issues concerning preservation of Quapaw historic sites on tribal trust lands and for consulting with state and federal agencies to promote historic preservation and carry out the Quapaw Nation’s responsibilities under NHPA. This requires me to be well versed in managing a federal grant, managing a tribal department, and to be familiar with federal laws such as National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). During my time in this position I have sought training to better be able to serve in my position and have grown our department. I have also helped organize, execute, and present in several events. Highlights include the Arkansas FUSION event which was a symposium that aimed to bring educators in Arkansas together with Quapaw elders and historians to help better incorporate Quapaw history into Arkansas public education and the Quapaw History Conference which was held at Downstream Casino in 2015 that brought together tribal elders and published historians to discuss and further research Quapaw history. I am also honored to have been elected by the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers of the Northeastern Oklahoma region to represent them on the board of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.
I also serve as the elected Secretary for the Quapaw Native American Church Chapter, also known as the Devils Promenade Native American Church. I have previously served on the board for the Dhegiha Language Committee, the Quapaw Grounds Committee, and the Quapaw Pow Wow Committee. I enjoy dancing at pow wows as well as participating in and running hand games. I am a southern straight dancer and a member of the Quapaw Gourd Clan. I have also had the honor and privilege to serve as a ceremonial fireman and gravedigger.
I have heard our Quapaw elders speak about our responsibility to be good to one another and take care of our own. I strive to remember this in my actions. If you are willing to entrust me with your vote, I will work to the best of my ability to serve our Nation. As a Business Committee Member, I will work to safeguard and continue to diversify our Nation’s economy. I also believe increased attention and fresh perspective for our Tribal Office will be beneficial to our employees and members. As only one member of the board, I will not make promises I cannot keep. I do believe my experience and background are what we need to improve the Quapaw Nation for all of us. I can promise that I will do my best to continue our Nation’s mission to take care of our own. I ask you all to exercise your right to vote and hope you will vote for me to serve our people.
Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy for Business Committee Member.
Brandon “Everett” Bandy