Born in Belcourt, North Dakota, Tina is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Tina was raised on a horse and cattle ranch in southern North Dakota where she was involved professionally in the sport of rodeo. She participated in timed-event roping, barrel racing and still actively competes in both events with some horse training when time allows.
Tina was hired by the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) in 2004 as a recruiter with the Farmer-to-Farmer program to help increase food production, distribution and improve the effectiveness of farming and marketing operations in several Asian countries. She worked cooperatively with Winrock International to field qualified Native American farmers and ranchers to volunteer and share their expertise in agriculture in five Asian countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.
Before coming to IAC, Tina worked in the Human Resources division of Danville Services in Las Vegas, NV and the Marketing and Sales Division of Juro’s Home Medical Pharmacy in Billings, Montana.
Since November 2006, Tina has been the International Food Export Program Assistant Program Director for American Indian Foods and has traveled to international food shows such as the United Kingdom Food and Drink Expo, the France SIAL Food Show, Cologne Germany-ANUGA Show, Canadian Food and Beverage Show and Food & Hotel Expo in Singapore. In addition, she attended the New York Fancy Food Show and the Expo West Natural Food Show in California to help showcase the program’s Native American products.