NAAF Congratulates Wizipan Little Elk on Bush Fellowship Selection
May 12, 2021
Fayetteville, AR- Wizipan Little Elk (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) was selected for the 2021 Bush Fellowship award. Little Elk is the CEO of Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), a 2019 and 2020 NAAF Grantee. Under Little Elk's leadership, REDCO has used NAAF funding both as a direct grantee and fiscal sponsor to support the work of farmer and rancher increased access to low-interest loans and financial literacy trainings. In addition, REDCO has built food sovereignty efforts, expanded their bison ranch, and conducted a feasibility study of USDA-certified meat processing and industrial hemp on the reservation. Little Elk hopes to use his Bush Fellowship to revolutionize social impact investing in Indian Country.
"Wizipan Little Elk is a visionary leader in Indian Country," said Toni Stanger-Mclaughlin (Colville), NAAF Director of Programs. "Wizipan is an incredible choice for the Bush Fellowship Award. His experience in building financial systems that reflect the communities they serve is a revolutionary approach that has the potential to not only impact his community but all of Indian Country and America. We know Wizipan will do an incredible job in this position and wish him the best of luck."