Andrew was born in and raised around Baltimore, MD. His maternal grandparents hail from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina where Andrew is also an enrolled member. Described by his grandfather as the “first city of the North and the last city of the South,” 1950s Baltimore was an economic beacon for Lumbees faced with rural poverty in the Jim Crow South. As part of the newly established community in Baltimore, Andrew’s grandfather was pivotal in establishing the Baltimore American Indian Center and the South Broadway Baptist Church as a hub of activity for Lumbees adapting to life in the city. After losing his grandfather to a brutal murder in 2000 and experiencing an awakening as a student volunteer on the Rosebud Reservation in 2010, Andrew committed himself to pursuing pathways to bring positive change to Native communities in South Dakota. Every day Andrew strives to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. He believes those footsteps have led him to Thunder Valley.