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William Harjo Lone Fight

Phone: 202-552-1869

Email: [email protected]

Professional Summary
  • Highly motivated and accomplished development professional with more than 20 years exemplary and diverse experience at all levels of non profit development and management

  • Outstanding development and fundraising capabilities with a special expertise in fostering creative synergies leading to organizational growth.

  • Extraordinary skills working as a strategic planning and development professional and generating  support at the local, state, federal, and tribal/community levels.

  • Extremely conversant with utilization of web based technologies and social networking strategies to generate support.

  • Proven capabilities in team-based, hierarchical, non-hierarchical, legislative, executive, culturally based, and situational organizational systems and environments.

  • Passionate about connecting communities with their goals and fostering the discovery, rediscovery, focusing and utilization of individual and group potential.


Stanford University – Ph.D (abd) Stanford, CA

Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Anthropology

Program: Social Sciences in Education.

Advisor: Dr. George Spindler

Dissertation: Cultural Control in Native American Education: The Persistence of Vision. An exploration of the way in which tribal groups are recapturing and refocusing educational policy and practice using non Western visions and values. Case studies taken from the Dartmouth College Native American Program, the American Indian Summer Programs at Stanford and the Explorations In Creativity Summer program will be examined in the context of situated identities, diasporic communities, educational policy and a constructivist approach to traditions.

Stanford University – M.Ed. Stanford, CA

M.Ed. Social Sciences in Education, June 1993

Oklahoma City University – M.Ed. Oklahoma City, OK

M.Ed. Gifted and Talented Education June 1990

Focus on Native Americans. GPA: 3.9. Received American Indian Teacher Training Program full support fellowship.

Dartmouth College – A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) Hanover, NH

A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) June 1989

Major: Anthropology modified with Education; major strength concentrations in English and Creative Writing.

Dartmouth College, Native American Studies Hanover, NH

Certification: Native American Studies June 1989

Dartmouth College, Education Dept. Hanover, NH

Certification: Minority Studies in Education June 1989

Kialegee National University Program – Ph.D. Kialegee Idalwa, OK

Cultural Resource Management. * June 29, 1996

Career Profile-Academic

St. Stephens Indian School, St. Stephens WY

Grant Writer Development Director 2008-2009

  • Designed, implemented and managed  fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other school-related solicitations.
  • Managed  strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Maintained contact with and developed grant proposals for foundations and corporations..
  • Developed a comprehensive planned-giving program.
  • Performed comprehensive school needs assessment

Center of Excellence for Native Language Preservation, Restoration, and Revitalization

Principal Investigator/Director Sept. 2004–Oct. 2006

Researched, developed, and directed multiple projects and activities to create capacity for indigenous people to document and reclaim languages of origin. Special achievements include:

  • Secured over $400,000 in funding for native language initiatives.

  • Commissioned and co-designed interest based native language software program to promote language learning in the community.

  • Co-sponsored 2005 Minnesota Indigenous Language Conference.

  • Co-Sponsored Indigenous Language Summit at the 2006 National Indian Education Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Facilitated Development of Standing Committee on Dakota Language for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

  • Developed comprehensive language restoration pilot program for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

Oklahoma Rural Systemic Initiative Norman, OK

Principal Investigator 2000–2002

Researched, developed and directed National Science Foundation grant supported project for the improvement of mathematics, science, and technology education in rural Oklahoma. Special achievements in the project period include:

  • Assisted in Securing $150,000 planning grant.

  • Developed Culturally Effective Systemic Reform Model.

  • Developed innovative consortium of 14 rural American Indian school districts, Oklahoma State Department of Education, 14 Oklahoma Tribal Nations, and numerous foundations and corporations, including Lucent Technologies and Southwestern Bell.

University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND

Special Projects Coordinator, Dept. of Social Work Aug. 1998–June 2000

Researched, developed, and directed grant supported projects. Organized local and national conferences, developed newsletters, printed materials, and designed websites. Special achievements in the 98–99 period include:

  • Four proposals submitted and all funded for a total of $170,000.

  • Two national conferences organized and funded.

  • Co-designed online grant and proposal development system.

  • Standardized grant developments.

  • Standardized corporation and foundations relations processes and procedures.

Director of Cultural Resources,

National Resource Center on Native American Aging Aug. 1998–Jan. 1999

Designed program to assist Native American elders to develop community leadership and empowerment initiatives in a culturally relevant framework.

Multicultural Development Training, Department of Housing July 1999

Designed and delivered unique “community reflective” diversity training program.

Cameron University Lawton, OK

Adjunct Instructor Aug. 2001–Dec. 2001

Taught “Issues in Indian Education” graduate level teacher preparation course focusing on culturally related academic needs of students. Received excellent student evaluations.

Native America Preparatory School, Inc. Santa Fe, NM

Founding Executive Director 1993–1995

Created strategic and campus master plan for development of national academy for high achieving students from indigenous communities. Responsible for overall organizational management:

  • Initiated international indigenous student exchange program with the Gurindjti Clan (Nation) of Australia.

  • Directed team that negotiated for and secured new campus for $1 million below board authorized price.

  • Raised organizational income to over $1 million annually.

  • Initiated $25 million capital campaign.

  • Oversaw and implemented all areas of development and fundraising.

Stanford University Palo Alto, CA

Teaching Assistant: Ideology in Education Jan. 1993

Assisted students in deepening their understanding of issues of militarism, sexism, racism, and colonialism in educational theory, policy and practice.

Academic Coordinator Aug. 1992

Developed and approved curriculum for American Indian Summer Institute Program at Stanford. Oversaw academic component and instructor training. Taught course emphasizing creativity and understanding academic culture.

Writing and Composition Instructor Aug. 1991

Taught writing and composition for the American Indian Summer Institute Program at Stanford. This course prepared first-year Native American students for academic life. Stressed composition skills, making the university experience culturally relevant and introduction to academic culture as keys to success.

Teaching Assistant: American Indian Ways of Knowing Apr. 1991

Advised students and led discussion of material, to deepen comprehension of Native American worldviews and diversity within community.

Dean’s Assistant and Minority Liaison Sept. 1990–June 1991

Maintained communication and developed programming for international and American racial and ethnic minority students and communities. Supervised student resource center.

Consultant, American Indian Program Aug. 1991–1993

Designed research programs to study issues of achievement and retention among Native American students. Implemented culturally based education program. Created fundraising and development program, which included submitting grants and proposals.

Multicultural Trainer, Office of Residential Education May 1992

Designed and conducted multicultural education and awareness training sessions for students.

Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK

Contemporary Indian Society Instructor June 1991

Taught advanced course on contemporary Native American society, focusing on political issues, tradition in the world today, and modern Native American art forms, including a special section on Native American contemporary authors.

Explorations in Creativity, Creative Writing Instructor June 1990

Created and delivered culturally based creative writing to gifted and talented Native American students grades 7–12.

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Teaching Assistant, Education Department Feb. 1989

Topics in American Education: This course was group-taught by teaching assistants with the professor as primary advisor. Established course curriculum and grading. Focused primarily on intensive writing and critical thinking within an academic environment.

Research Assistant, Education Department Jan. 1988-. 1989

Established Teacher Placement Database to allow graduates greater access to jobs in education. Proofread and compiled book projects for professors. General educational research and typing.

Program Assistant, Native American Program Apr. 1986–June 1987

Organized recruitment fly in program for Native American prospective students. Established financial aid resource file. Wrote newsletter and press releases.

Career Profile-Related Consulting and Employment

LoneFight and Associates 

President and CEO Aug. 2006 to Present

Provide consulting to services to Native American tribes and entities in the areas of: Fundraising, Educational Policy, Economic Development and Cultural Resource Management.

Saint Anthony’s Hospital Oklahoma City, OK

Organizational Anthropologist April. 1995

Consulted on aspects of organizational efficiency and meeting the needs of a multi cultural multi lingual client base in $1.5 million renovation of Emergency Services. Commended by Marla Peixotto, Project Supervisor, for exceptional contributions to cost containment and lowering staff and client complaint levels by 32%.

Addison Wesley Publishing Co. Menlo Park, CA

Educational Consultant Oct. 1991–1993

Review and advise on culturally specific content of mathematics, science and health series.

American Indian Research and Development Norman, OK

Statistical Consultant July 1990

Compiled and analyzed data from project assessing impact of weekend academic program on academic performance of Native American students.

Home Nursing with T.L.C. Wewoka, OK

Computer Consultant Summer 1988

Developed and delivered employee technology training program with special emphasis on client database management.

Este Mvskokvlke Momen Hopeutake Inc. Okemah OK

Chief Executive Officer 1995  1998

Grant acquisition and management, technical support, project supervision, day-to-day administration, and cultural competency training.

Kialegee Etvlwv Wetumka OK

Development Consultant 1996

Developed cultural resource management plan and improved economic development. Strengthened foundation and corporate relations. Executed constitutional revision and developed strategic plan for the return of 1800 acres of ancestral land fifty years after taking.

Okfuskee County Sheriffs Dept. Okemah, OK

Proposal Writer 1995

Prepared and submitted proposals for drug and alcohol prevention program.

Reach Out Native America, Inc. Wewoka, OK

Co founder Dec. 1989

Established RONA as a non profit corporation with goal to bring improvements in health care and education to Native American communities in a way that promotes the extant culture. Developed grant proposal for project to train American Indian woman in childbirth techniques and parenting skills using a culturally relevant framework.

Selected National Conferences and Events Directed

Achieving the Healing Community: Uniting Elders and Substance Abuse Professionals.” September 15–20, 1999. Mystic Lake Hotel. Attendance limited to 24. External support secured $5000.

Out on the Prairie.” June 24–26, 1999. University of North Dakota. Attendance: 178. Overall participant evaluation: 4.7 out of 5. External Grant Support Secured $15,000.

Empowering Elders.” November 7–12, 1998. Mystic Lake Hotel. Attendance: limited to 24. External support secured $4000. Overall participant evaluation: 4.9 out of 5.

Continuity and Change in Native Tradition: A Woman’s Perspective.” January 30, 1991. Stanford University. Attendance: limited to 75. External Grant Support Secured $9000.

Dartmouth College Pow-Wow.” May 19, 1987. Dartmouth College. Attendance: approx: 1000. External support secured: $7000.

North Eastern College Native American Conference.” October 28-29, 1986. Dartmouth College.

Selected Papers, Panels and Keynote Addresses
  • Survival Skills for Native American Students: Building on Cultural Resiliency.” November 11, 2006, Dartmouth College Hanover NH

  • Higher Education and Tribal Economic Development: The Magic Partnership.” May 10, 2005, Welcoming Address, Seventh Annual Great Plains Regional Economic Development Summit, Hankinson ND

  • Minnesota Native Language Symposium, Redwood Falls MN. Moderator and Panelist

  • Servant Leadership and Cultural Identity.” June 11, 2004. Greenleaf Center Servant Leadership Symposium. Indianapolis, IN.

  • We Are All Five Fingered or This is What the Bell Curve Really Means.” June 12, 2004. Mt. Marty College Commencement Address. Yankton, SD.

  • If Shakespeare Were A Cherokee, Would the World Care?” November 20, 2003. Keynote Speech: Association on American Indian Affairs Annual Meeting. New York City, NY.

  • Culturally Effective Systemic Reform of Math and Science for American Indian Students.” June 18, 2001. East Central University, Ada, OK.

  • Systemic Change in Rural Oklahoma.” January 8, 200. Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma Leadership Summit. Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Portraying American Indians in Real Time.” May 14, 2001. Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Traditional Culture as a Protective Factor in Substance Abuse Prevention.” October 19, 1999. Achieving the Healing Community. Shakopee Mdewankanton Nation, Prior Lake, MN,

  • Finding Your Own Song.” July 12, 1999. Commencement Address, Upward Bound Program. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.

  • It’s Hard to Be Traditional When You’re All Plugged In.” Spring 1999. Poetry Reading. North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND.

  • Language, Culture and Sovereignty as Resources for Change.” November 7, 1998. Geriatric Leadership Conference. Shakopee Mdewankanton Nation, Prior Lake, MN.

  • Cultural Perspectives on the Uses of Law in Contemporary Tribal Government.” April 17, 1998. Four Winds School, Spirit Lake Nation, Fort Totten, ND.

  • Muscogee Poetry as a Pluralistic Cultural Expression.” April 20, 1998. Cultural Pluralism Day. University of North Dakota International Center, Grand Forks, ND.

  • Issues Surrounding the Use of Native Americans as Mascots: A Culturally Situated Perspective.” October 14, 1997. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.

  • The Role of Legislation in Native Language Retention.” June 4, 1996. Sovereignty Symposium. Tulsa, OK.

  • Muscogee Poetry in Context.” April 13, 1996. Connors State College, Warner, OK.

  • Sovereignty as a Personal and Cultural Action.” April 11, 1995. Cameron University Native American Symposium. Lawton, OK

  • The Quincentennary and Resurgent Native American Nationalism.” December 3, 1992. Public Affairs Forum. Mission College, Sunnyvale, CA.

  • Successful Transitions for Native American Students.” October 1992. National Indian Education Association. Albuquerque, NM.

  • Time and Time Again: Discussions of the Nature of Time in Religious Tradition.” September 28, 1992. Panelist. Stanford University.

  • Blowing Away the Fog,” an interactive presentation for children. August 22, 1992. Campus Ministries Religion Around the World. Stanford, CA.

  • In My Aunt’s House” July 9, 1992. Reader, Returning the Gift Festival. Norman OK.

  • Learning Disability and Situated Identities: The Politics of a Handicap.” June 22, 1992. Learning Difficulties of the Gifted. Oklahoma City University.

  • The Dilemma of Native American Nationalism.” April 7, 1992. Anthropology 151. Stanford University.

  • Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity Among the Christian Creeks of Oklahoma.” March 7, 1992. 11th Annual Symposium on Comparative Frontier Studies. University of Oklahoma.

  • Bridging the Transition From Home to College: A Model that Works.” October 15, 1991. National Indian Education Association Conference. Omaha, NE.

  • Riding a Horse Called Tradition.” Featured reader. July 15, 1991. Summer Voices Poetry Series. Jacobson House, Norman, OK

  • Chickasaw Context: Understanding the Poetry of Linda Hogan.” Spring 1987. Native American Studies 35, Dartmouth College.

  • Creek and Seminole Stickball: The Little Brother of War.” January 15, 1988. Claire Garber Goodman Fund Presentation. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Selected Publications

Calling.” Flashquake, Vol 2 #2 (March 2002).

Keeping the Stories Going” Grand Forks Herald, July 5, 1998.

Refuse to Kneel.” First Person: First Peoples, Andrew Garrod, Ed.” Cornell Univ. Press. 1997.

Riding a Horse Called Tradition.” “Consider if you will. . .” Returning the Gift Anthology. Joseph Bruchac, Ed. Univ. of Arizona Press. 1994.

Intellectualizing the People.” Modern Thoughts Vol 8. no 10, 1994. 7–13.

Caught In a World We Never Made: The Academy Through Indian Eyes.” Standards. Vol. 3. no 1. Spring 1992. 55–58.

Tribal Governments Curriculum. Norman, Oklahoma: American Indian Research and Development. 1992.

Indian Nations At Risk: Position Paper on Identity.” Incorporated into final INAR Report. U.S Government Printing Office, 1993.

Works in Progress

If I Were You and You Were Me” Native American Educational Leadership Biography.

A Persistent Beauty: Bead and Quill Work of the Dakotah (Eastern Sioux).”

Selected Funded Grant Proposals
  • U.S. Department of Education Redeveloping SWC Infrastructure $861,000 Fall 2004.

  • U.S. Department of Education FIPSE Center for Excellence in Native Language Preservation, Restoration and Regeneration $248,000.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Constructing an Early Childhood Development Center. $300,000 Fall 2005.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Developing a Campus Archives $100,000 Fall 2005.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Critical Facilities Construction $52,000 Fall 2005.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Developing a State of the Art Vocational Education Building $184,000 Fall 2003.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Early Childhood Education Center $100,000 Fall 2003.

  • U.S. Department of Education Developing a State of the Art Vocational Education Building $1,192,354 Fall 2003.

  • U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Creating a Place for Learning. $399,985 spring 2003.

  • Indian Territory Knowledge Network. Project AURORA. $25,000 February 2002.

  • National Science Foundation. Oklahoma Rural Systemic Initiative. $150,000 October 2000.

  • E-College 100 Degrees Online. $100,000 October 1999.

  • Gill Foundation. Out on the Prairie Conference Support. $15,000 May 1999.

  • Otto Bremer Foundation Out on the Prairie Conference Support. $5,000.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration “Achieving the Healing Community”, $50,000. February 1999.

  • Shakopee Mdewankanton Tribe. $4000 “Achieving the Healing Community”. February 1999.

  • Shakopee Mdewankanton Tribe “Empowering Elders.” $4000. November 1998.

  • Este Mvskokvlke Momen Hopeutake Inc. Operations Multiple Source In-Kind $41,000. 1997.

  • Este Mvskokvlke Momen Hopeutake Inc. Operations Multiple Source In-Kind $27,000. 1996.

  • State of Oklahoma “Drug Abuse Resistance Education.”. $40,000. June 1995

  • Educational Foundation of America “Native American Preparatory School Operations.” $500,000. 1994.

  • Educational Foundation of America “Native American Preparatory School Operations.” $500,000. 1993.

  • Lannan Foundation “NAPS Language Arts Curriculum.” $25,000. 1991.

Selected Honors and Awards
  • League of Innovation Fellowship 2003

  • Distinguished Service Recognition Mt. Marty College

  • Outstanding Cultural Citizen, University of North Dakota International Center

  • International Leaders of University Apartment Housing Communities Honorary

  • MacArthur Nominee

  • Saturn On Campus Teamwork Award (Team Leader)

  • Departmental Fellowship, Stanford University

  • Xerox Community Service Grant

  • Samson Occom, Class of 1910 Scholar

  • Selected for Peace Corps internship to Yemen

  • Special scholarship to participate in Peace Walk though former Soviet Union

  • Claire Garber Goodman Fund grant for anthropological research

Decorations and Cultural Honors

    Traditional War Chief of the Nvce (Natchez Nation) 1994

    Arbeka-Talledega Idalwa Naming

    Council of the Suns, Natchez Nation

    Dakotah Hunka Ceremony, Long Hollow, SD

    Apukawegah, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

Board Service
  • Fort Washakie High School, Board Member 2007-2009
  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Board of Directors, 2002–2006. Chair, Federal Relations Committee 2003–2006

  • North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, Board of Directors, 2002-2005

  • American Indian College Fund, Board of Directors, 2004–2006

  • Sisseton, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce 2003-2005

  • Coalition for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education in Oklahoma (CASMEO) Board of Directors and Executive Committee

  • Oklahoma State Interagency Task Force on the Prevention of Child Abuse 1994

  • Dartmouth College Alumni Council, 1999

  • Jacobsen Foundation, Norman, OK. Board of Directors

  • Kialegee Etvlwv Industrial Development Authority 1995

Selected University and Community Service UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
  • University Children’s Pow-Wow, Committee

  • Environmental Studies Development Team, Member

  • University Apartment Programming Board, Member

  • International Center, Volunteer

  • Cultural Pluralism Day Committee, Member

  • University Children’s Center, Member

  • Stanford Native American Graduate Students Chair and Co Founder

  • School of Education’s Assistant Deans Forum on Diversity

  • Committee on Ethnic Center Reorganization, Member

  • Native American Issues League at Stanford, Founder

  • Native American Studies Faculty Search Committee

  • Stanford American Indian Organization, Co Chairman

  • Native American Visiting Committee, Chair, 1993-1999

  • Dartmouth College Alumni Council, At Large Member

  • Fundraising Consultant, Native American Program

  • Native Americans at Dartmouth, President

  • Alpha Theta Co ed Fraternity, Treasurer

  • Selection Committee: Professor of Native American Studies and Anthropology, Member

  • Collis Student Center, Board of Governors

  • Selection committee for Assistant Program Director for Native American Program


Have worked extensively establishing information technology plan and capacity at the Sisseton Wahpeton College and for the Lake Traverse Reservation. Established Lake Traverse Technology Summit. Co-designed computer assisted Native language instruction software. Programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Publisher, PageMaker, Corel WordPerfect, Photoshop, PhotoDraw. Extensive layout and graphic design work for newsletters, brochures, manuals, announcements, forms, and in-house publications. Website design, development, and management.

Selected Art, Architecture, and Graphic Design
  • “Song to the Great Spirit”, Chair Architectural Design Team.

  • Sisseton Wahpeton Cultural Arts Center, Chair, Design Team

  • “Dakotah Language Tutor” Designer

  • Oklahoma Rural Systemic Initiative logo, website, brochures

  • “Achieving the Healing Community” logo, apparel, brochure

  • “Out on the Prairie” website, logo, brochure

  • Creek Nation Principal Chiefs Campaign website, brochure

  • Natchez Nation website

  • EMMH promotional materials and logo

  • Seminole Nation Days 1994, beadwork


Muscogee, English (fluent), Spanish, Natchez, Hidatsa, Dakotah (student)

Research Interests

Cultural influences on Educational Leadership. Cultural control movements in education. Creativity. Gifted and high-ability education. Cultural resource management. Cultural and ethnic nationalism. The synthesis of oral and written traditions. Cultural studies and postmodernism. Indigenous land-based philosophies. Complexity and non linear systems. The intersection of indigenous and Western legal, medical, and educational complexes. Standards-based achievement for Native students. Neurobiology and learning disabilities.


I am an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.

*The Kialegee University Program was accredited by the Kialegee Idalwa (tribal nation). Program was limited to areas of Kialegee language and culture where external expertise did not exist or was insufficient. 

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