Mark’s wide range of business experience includes serving as CEO of a firm that specializes in economic and community development initiatives along with construction and development for Native American Tribes. He also served the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe as an elected official for over a decade. Mark also serves as the current president of Mashpee Wampanoag Economic Development Corporation and was a founding member of the Tribe’s Gaming Authority. Mark is also responsible for the advancement of several economic development initiatives and capital projects throughout Indian Country. For more than two decades Mark has been advancing these ethics and values in both business and political practice in Indian Country, developing relationships with key tribal leaders as well as like minded Native professionals. The resulting network of ideologists, innovators and decision makers are the drivers of the economic engine moving Indian Country forward. It is by no accident Mark is among them.
Ernest was recruited to join Tribal Carbon Partners in March, 2017 and is an enrolled member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, Maine. He currently holds the position of Tribal Planner / Economic Development Specialist and former Forest Supervisor for the Passamaquoddy Forestry Department (2012 - 2019). During that time, he was responsible for managing 109,000 acres of tribal forestlands across the state of Maine. In 2002, Ernest received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources, with a concentration of soil and water conservation from the University of Maine at Orono. In 2014, with his leadership, Ernest and the Passamaquoddy Forestry Department accomplished one of the largest carbon-offset projects in New England for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The carbon project happened to be the second largest monetary award in Passamaquoddy Tribal history.
Born and raised in Inchelium, Washington, Michael is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and is a two-time chairman of the Colville Business Council. He also served as first Vice President to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). He earned his BA in American Indian studies and History (2003) and an MA in History (2005) from Eastern Washington University (EWU), and has received numerous awards for his academic and professional achievements. Between 2014 and 2015, Michael launched several businesses, Feathered Arrow, LLC, ExciteFight, LLC, and Inchelium Short-Stop, LLC. His primary business, Feathered Arrow, LLC, is a consulting business that primarily serves Indian tribes in national policy issues and realizing economic development opportunities.