Andrew Iron Shell

Andrew is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians raised among the Lakota where he continues to live with his six children and grandchildren.  He has served tribal communities as a national advisory board member to the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, served as a national and international advocate in the area of STD/HIV Prevention which involved testimony to the United Nations in Paris France and reception with French President Jacques Chirac. He has been employed with the Sicangu Nation Community Health Representative Program as a health educator and trainer for the National CHR Program. He has community-organizing efforts in western South Dakota in the area of improving health care equity and access for tribal communities through work with the Center for Community Change and Native Impact formally known as The Western SD Native American Organizing Project.  Andrew's role with Thunder Valley CDC is one of story teller, community advocate, facilitator of Pathway’s 1stTime Home Buyer curriculum, Building Native Community Financial Literacy training and Credit When Credit Is Due class.