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Minnesota Tribal Contractors Council Adds Co-Executive Directors to Leadership Team

MNTCC, which launched last year to advocate for the best interests of Native American Contractors and the trades industry, adds Morgan Fritzinger and Heidi Holste as co-executive directors

 

October 21, 2022



Minnesota, Oct. 19, 2022 — The Minnesota Tribal Contractors Council (MNTCC), which launched in 2021 to provide a voice for Native American Contractors and to promote the economic development of the Trades industry in Minnesota, announces the addition of Morgan Fritzinger and Heidi Holste as co-executive directors.

Ftizinger has nearly a decade of experience working in management and advisory roles for Indigenous-led organizations and is an important voice advocating for the Indigenous community in the private sector. In addition to her experience working as a Housing Board Committee Member and Prevention Intervention Specialist for the Fond Du Lac Reservation, Fitzinger hosts the Middle of the Rez Road podcast, where she focuses on discussing the issues facing Native American communities in the workforce and in the trades industry.

“Building relationships is what I do best, and my career has been dedicated to creating economic opportunities for Indigenous communities. Working with the MNTCC, I am positioned to continue to help Indigenous businesses identify new partnership opportunities and individuals develop career opportunities,” says Fritzinger. “Heidi and I have very complementary strengths, and we are looking forward to working together as co-directors.”

Holste has a deep background in nonprofit leadership, including as an executive director and as a consultant for nonprofit organizations. Holste brings with her to the MNTCC the experience of director-level roles, including expertise in advocacy, government affairs and legislative policy.

“Organizations like MNTCC thrive when individuals can identify common interests and work toward common goals to build up the industry together,” says Holste. “I am excited to help guide the MNTCC as a platform that allows our members to make a real impact on the issues facing Indigenous-owned businesses. We will work to create meaningful opportunities for the private sector to collaborate to discuss the importance of working with the Indigenous community.”

Together, Fitzinger and Holste will provide a unique and collaborative approach to executive leadership for the MNTCC and help advance the organization’s mission to amplify the voices of Indigenous business leaders in the trades industry.

The nonprofit council was founded by Chairman James L. Jones, Jr, a Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe member and former cultural resources director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, who is the owner of Dirt Divers CRM, providing cultural resources management consulting.

“Our Indigenous community is built upon innovation, perseverance, and pride,” says Jones. “The time is now for all to be at "the table" supporting each other's differences as strengths as we all work to create a better future for the next generation.”

The MNTCC will host its annual Fall Networking Dinner on Nov. 15 in Duluth to provide a space for Indigenous-led and non-native businesses to network.

About the Minnesota Tribal Contractors Council (MNTCC)

The Minnesota Tribal Contractors Council’s mission is to connect and build a strong community of Native-owned businesses with the goal of developing our economic landscape, growing our financial independence, and laying the groundwork for future business success. We are the Minnesota Tribal Contractors Council, and we make it happen. For more information about the MNTCC, please visit http://www.mn-tcc.org.

 

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