About

Leadership Board

Adonis Saltes

Adonis Saltes
Founder & Chair

asaltes@lakotadream.org

Adonis Saltes Founder & Chair

asaltes@lakotadream.org

Adonis is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Adonis had grown up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which is the poorest county in America. Adonis a former Gatorade Player of the Year had went on to play Division 1 Basketball while studying Business Management at Southern Utah University. Adonis is an entrepreneur and current President and CEO of DeCory’s Haunt LLC, and Wichahpi Topa Society. Adonis founded Wichahpi Topa in 2016, in order to teach the Lakota ways, preserve the language, and keep alive the Lakota values and philosophies. Adonis hopes to be a positive influence for youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

In Rio de Janeiro the statue of “Christ the Redeemer” looks down on his people with his arms held wide, the Mormon Church in which their Temples stand tall with angel Moroni blowing his trumpet into the world to hear the calling, in India the “Great Statue of Buddha,” sits tall speaking to all who seek him. Now, Lakota Dream Museum & Monument will stand tall, and stand beautiful, giving all eyes within sight a chance to gaze in awe at the world's most storied Native tribes. It's time to bring our people home. -Adonis Saltes, President & Founder Of Lakota Dream Museum & Monument.

Jude Schimmel

Jude Schimmel
Board Member

jschimmel@lakotadream.org

Jude Schimmel Board Member

jschimmel@lakotadream.org

Nike N7 Athlete, Published Author Bachelors in Sociology and a Minor in Communications from University Louisville,Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women in 2014,Final Four and a National Championship game runner-up, has spoken to over 40 Native American tribes throughout the United States in an effort to give back and inspire others – particularly Native Americans, Keynote speaker at the National Unity Conference Native Spokesperson.

Extremely excited to be part of a diverse leadership team that will establish and develop the Lakota Dream Museum and Monument project in the heart of Indian Country. The museum will represent the culture and pride of Native American peoples, while providing an opportunity to present the true history of Native Americans. Upon completion, the museum and monument will be a source of pride for Lakota people as well as all Natives. This is a project the world can embrace. –Jude Schimmel

Ruben Cantu

Ruben Cantu
Board Member

rcantu@lakotadream.org

Ruben Cantu Board Member

rcantu@lakotadream.org

Nominated as 2014 Austin TX Under 40 entrepreneur of the year, Nominated Change Maker of the year 2016, Winner of 50 on Fire for AustinInno 2016 in Social Impact. Founder of, SocialGood.us, LevelUp Institute, CORE Media Strategies. Founding Member of, +SocialGood, Business and Development Director.

Every community has the right and obligation to celebrate their heritage, history and legacy. This monument museum is a tribute to all those brave men and women who gave their lives to promoting, preserving and pursuing the Native American story.
As Americans today we must face our past mistakes, we must tell the truth and give dignity back to the precious indigenous people who helped tend this land and who through their culture became one with the earth.
We have much to learn from our past, but we have even greater hope that we will rise above this narrative to a brighter day where we see ourselves as one with the earth, it’s people, and it’s resources just like the Lakota and Native people do.
"Mitakuye oyasin" - We are all one, we are all related!
-Ruben Cantu

Cody Toppert

Cody Toppert
Board Member

ctoppert@lakotadream.org

Cody Toppert Board Member

ctoppert@lakotadream.org

An Ivy League educated, former professional basketball player, currently serving as Assistant Coach for the Houston Rockets NBA D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Cody is the current Head Coach for the Phoenix Sun G-League Team the Northern Arizona Suns. Served as an Individual Financial advisor for one of the most well respected financial companies in the world. Cody aided his clients in all aspects of financial planning. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York - Bachelors of Science, Applied Economics and Business Management (2001-2005),Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan - Certificate of Business Communications (2005-2006).

I am honored to be apart of the Lakota Dream project. The opportunity to provide the world with a place that will glorify the art, the history and the culture of the Lakota people was one I could not pass up. This museum and monument will represent all Native Americans and ensure that their story is not only told but honored. Further ensuring that the many generation who came before are not only remembered but respected. -Cody Toppert

Leroy Breinholt

Leroy Breinholt
Board Member

lbrienholt@lakotadream.org

Leroy Breinholt Board Member

lbrienholt@lakotadream.org

Over 29 years of commercial real estate and industrial market experience. During his tenure as President and Designated Broker of Commercial Properties Inc. he has repeatedly been recognized as a top producing broker in the Valley, established an aggressive standard of performance for his team and structured continuous growth of the company through various market conditions. For the last twelve years Leroy has been named by CoStar as one of the top Phoenix deal makers. While Commercial Properties continues to grow under Leroy’s direction, his focus is on the market changes and growth that lie ahead. His humble approach to each day has inspired continuous improvement and a high level of excitement within the organization. As an Arizona native, Leroy takes pride in his home state. He applies the same principles of integrity, hard work, stewardship, service and humility to Commercial Properties Inc. as he does with his family, community, and church.

I'm excited about the opportunity to work with such a great cause. I have been very touched by the Pine ridge Indian reservation, and want to give hope and see change for so many people that desperately need it. I hope that as a board, we can see great changing the lives of people, and instill hope in their futures. -Leroy Breinholt

Floyd Hand

Floyd 'Naca Looks For Buffalo' Hand
Board Member

fhand@lakotadream.org

Floyd 'Naca Looks For Buffalo' Hand Board Member

fhand@lakotadream.org

Direct descendent of Crazy Horse wozaye band, also a direct descendant of Chief Red Cloud, Chief Big Foot and Chief Little Crow. 1851 and 1868 Treaty Naca (chief).

If we can all be of one mind, one heart and one spirit, then everything will be well. -Floyd Hand

Billy Mills

Billy Mills
Honorary Board Member

Billy Mills Honorary Board Member

Billy Mills was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where he had also developed the love to run. Billy is the only american to win the Gold Medal in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Billy has been awarded the presidential citizens medal from President Obama for his work with native american youth around the world. The medal is one of the highest honors any citizen can receive. Billy has vowed to donate belongings to the museum in which an exhibit will honor him. His accomplishments will come home to continue to inspire people from all around the world on the land his ancestors lie. Billy is not only a hero to native people around the world but an american hero to everybody around the world.

Julian Brave

Julian Brave NoiseCat
Advisory Board Member

julianbravenoisecat.com

Julian Brave NoiseCat Advisory Board Member

Julian Brave NoiseCat is an activist, wonk and award-winning writer. By day, he works as a policy analyst for 350.org, building a global grassroots climate movement. By night, he is a frequent contributor to The Guardian as well as the CBC, Vice, Jacobin, HuffPost, Splinter News, Indian Country Today, The Marshall Project, Salon, High Country News, Canadian Geographic, World Policy Journal and other publications. His colleagues in the Native American Journalists Association honored him as their best editorial writer of 2016. Recognizing the importance of his work, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights invited him to consult for their forthcoming comment on land rights. He holds degrees in history from Columbia University and the University of Oxford. Raised in a single-mother household in Oakland, California, Julian is a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen and a descendant of the Lil'Wat Nation of Mount Currie.

Our Indigenous communities derive great pride from our history and culture. Around the world, the first people of this land have emerged as powerful and visionary voices for social and environmental justice. It is high time that a museum and monument befitting our contributions to the causes of human and environmental good be erected in He Sapa - the Oceti Sakowin peoples' sacred Black Hills -Julian Brave

Bruce BonFleur

Bruce BonFleur
Advisory Board Member

Bruce BonFleur Advisory Board Member

Founder/Director, Lakota Hope Ministry, Inc., Bruce and wife, Marsha and children moved to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1998. This was in response to, in his words, a ‘call from God’ to “along with others help restore dignity to My people through the creation of jobs.” After living and serving on the reservation for three years and a year in Rapid City with Wesleyan Native American Ministries, the BonFleurs initiated a full-time ministry to help alleviate suffering on the streets of White clay, Nebraska in 2004. They oversaw the 555 white clay ministry and have actively promoted positive solutions and strategies since then.

Bruce is also Managing Partner in White clay Redevelopment L3C, a low-profit limited liability corporation dedicated to developing new businesses and creating jobs. Lakota Hope works with numerous Lakota artists and crafters to help establish beneficial, income-producing websites and other effective marketing strategies.

Our Team

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Annette EagleBull
Director of Public Relations

Annette Eaglebull Director of Public Relations

Anne Eagle Bull is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and resides on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. A graduate of Chadron State College with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Indigenous Law Program with Oklahoma University.

Anne has over 15 years working with various tribes in the capacity of casino administration, construction and engineering administration, health administration and currently serves in the Weston administration for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She was also a Project Administrator for the Department of Defense. She is a former journalist with Global Press Institute and Grant Reviewer for Substance Abuse Mental Health SAMHSA. She currently serves on the Porcupine Clinic Health Board.

Emily Van Alst

Emily Van Alst
Museum Collection Manager

Emily Van Alst Museum Collection Manager

Emily Van Alst is of Sihasapa Lakota descent. She graduated from Yale University in May 2016 with a double major in archaeology and anthropology. She has participated in archaeology field work all over the world including Spain, Japan, Peru, Barrow, Alaska and the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming. Her senior thesis in Archaeological Studies was a comparative look at indigenous archaeology in Japan and the United States. Her senior thesis in Anthropology, looked at Lakota ceremony, kinship and sociopolitical structure through time and its importance in maintaining traditional hunting and gathering practices. She worked with the “Learning NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act)” project through Indiana University this past summer and worked as the NAGPRA grant assistant at the Yale Peabody Museum her senior year. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology at Indiana University. Her research includes community outreach and engagement, indigenous archaeology, Lakota ceremony, rock art, zoo archaeology and the Northern Plains.

Noel Bass

Noel Bass
Director of Photography

Noel Bass Director of Photography

Noel bass is a leading producer of quality royalty imagery and footage. Based in Los Angeles but with projects across the globe. Noel shot for companies such as Warner Bros. Noel is currently producing his first full length documentary to be released in 2018.

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