Ha-we to my Quapaw People!

My name is Kathryn Lynn Supernaw, also known as “Wena” (second daughter in the Quapaw language) to my family and friends. I am running in the upcoming July 24, 2021 Business Committee election. I would like to share some details on my ancestry, education, relevant professional experience, and qualifications to serve the Quapaw Nation and ALL of its citizens.
I am the proud great-great granddaughter of Louis Angel (Tall Chief), last hereditary Chief of the Quapaw tribe. My great-grandmother was Maude Angel Thompson Supernaw. My grandfather was Ick Supernaw and my father was Jr.
Supernaw. My Quapaw name is Mi-na-zhi, which means Standing Sun, given to me by Grandma Supernaw. I belong to the Snake Clan. Past head woman dancer at Kihekah Steh Pow Wow.
I graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and attended the University of Texas in their Master of Business Administration program.

After 30 years with MetLife, a 740 billion dollar global life insurance company, I retired last year.

• My last role there was Vice President and Global Process Leader of Management Reporting.
o Responsible for simplifying, standardizing, and creating process efficiencies for Management Reporting as part of the Financial Management Group Transformation leadership team and selected for the role by the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting officer and Chief Investment Officer.
o Responsible for the Business Adoption and Organizational Readiness Transformation work streams. Key outcomes included development and execution of program communication, training, documentation, testing governance, knowledge transfer, site readiness, and status reporting for new global Finance Centers of Excellence.
• Previous to that role, I was Vice President of Strategic Investment Initiatives.
o Led teams of business analysts and subject matter experts in the planning, budgeting and implementation of domestic and global investment accounting and reporting initiatives.
o Implemented and operationally responsible for applications supporting fixed income, equity, derivative, real estate, mortgage and hedge fund trading, trade settlement, accounting, reporting and reconciliation.
• Prior to joining MetLife, I spent 2 years in Cap Gemini’s Insurance & Investment consulting practice.
o Responsible for implementing securities accounting, treasury, and derivative accounting applications for multiple financial services clients.

To summarize my professional experience, these outcomes were achieved through mission clarity, well defined goals, teamwork through diversity of thought, and respectful direct communication.


I have been a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay Board of Directors since January 2015.

• Elected Board Secretary 2016-2017
• Elected Board Governance Chair 2017-present
• Named 2021 Board Member of the Year

Positions I advocate include:
1. Improve Communication between the Quapaw government and the Quapaw people.

2. Ethics through implementing conflict of interest annual affirmation of compliance, code of conduct annual certification, along with supporting detailed policies and procedures that must be followed by all Business Committee members.

3. Sustainable business Growth, in order to support our culture, language, education, health, environment, technology, our youth and our elders. What this requires is a 2 year, 5 year and 10 year strategic plan with a balanced approach toward growth and expense management.

4. Serve ALL tribal citizens. Full and equal distribution of Bear vs US proceeds to ALL tribal citizens.

5. Term Limits for all Business Committee Members.