Ken Deputee II
Ken Deputee Jr., an enrolled member of the Crow Nation, is recognized as an ambitious, hard-working, young American Indian entrepreneur who has been successful in launching new companies. With over 18 years of business experience, he has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge through Indian Country entrepreneurship. His tenacity and creativity has allowed him to thrive during challenging times and has motivated him to be successful in the heart of Crow Country.
Ken lives in Billings, Montana with his wife, Shawna, and their 4 children: Brianna, Xander, Kelsea and Jadrien. Ken loves to spend time with his family, personal coach and #1 fan of to his children, he is a contemporary style powwow singer, he likes to: travel to powwows, gather tipi poles for annual Crow Fair, hunt for big game, works out at the gym, watch football and enjoys the game of basketball.
More recently, Ken is the co-founder of an exciting group called of National Indian Energy Group ™, a newly formed energy company Indian-Owned and Indian-Operated. From 2004 – 2009 he served as a general contractor, project manager and on –site superintendent working on residential and commercial projects on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Throughout the past decade working with companies he had developed, he has held various management positions and improved communication and extended business relationships to benefit many of the projects he worked on. He is very self motivated and has the confidence to ignite early stage ideas to create companies from scratch. His current business practices include establishing formal entities in a timely manner, establishing high standards & ethics and maintaining key business relationships while practicing professionalism to its’ highest standards with integrity, honesty and respect.
Ken will be specializing in overall planning, company accountability, company transparency, energy project development, energy project financing, business strategy, establishing new venture partners and expanding shareholder interests throughout Indian Country.
Being of Hawaiian, Japanese and Portuguese descent, and having grown up in multi-cultural Hawai’i, Kuulei has warm “aloha” and cares deeply for people of diverse races and backgrounds.
In her travel career, she has visited many major international cities, but the influences that impassioned her desire to work with indigenous and like-minded people were first, Native Hawaiians because of her own heritage, the Aborigines, the Maasai and now Native Americans. She was deeply humbled by how some of these cultures measured success, some of which was based on the number of children with access to formal education, or clean drinking water, or how many lives were saved through village clinics and reproductive health programs. But the main lesson she learned was that these indigenous people wanted to be agents of their change rather than its victims. She wants to become part of a team that helps indigenous and like-minded individuals achieve a sustainable living lifestyle.
Kuulei holds a BA degree in Education from Albion College, Albion, MI. For 19 years, she served as President of Travelcorp, an incentive travel company that focused on upscale group travel to international destinations. She is co-founder of Hālau O ‘Aulani, a 501(c)(3), non-profit Hawaiian cultural school, and serves on its board as well as that of the Hawai’i State Society, Washington, D.C. She is also a member of Ke Ali’i Maka’ainana Hawaiian Civic Club, Washington, D.C. and the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association, East Coast Chapter.
Lorra comes to us from Hawaii’s environmental industry, her 18 years of experience in waste management and recycling has exposed her to the sensitive environmental issues unique to Hawaii and its people. Being of Hawaiian ancestry and coming from one of the most isolated group of islands in the world gives her a natural instinct to protect and preserve Hawaii’s resources while providing solutions to environmental challenges posed by economic growth and management.
Lorra started her environmental career in the composting business with Hawaiian Earth Products, working with Oahu’s residents and farmers to improve the soil while diverting compostable resources from the bulging landfill. She opened her own consulting business in 2003 offering her expertise in marketing, customer service and business development.
She lives in Ewa Beach on the island of Oahu with her husband Jerry and daughter Tiani and has a grown son Joseph in San Francisco and is active with environmental groups in her area.