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Greetings to all my relatives and fellow Ponca Members! My Name is Falon McAlpin. I am the Daughter of Becky Crase (Suverkrubbe), Granddaughter of Ronald Suverkrubbe, Great Granddaughter of Goldie Pappan, and Great Great Granddaughter of Linda Pappan. My family of four Ponca Tribal Members includes, my partner Jacob Olsufka who is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and our two boys Kolby and Kai.
My passion is for Our People and my drive is to continue to serve and grow all of our programs and services into sustainable initiatives, so our Tribe can continue to thrive in the richness of our ancestor’s vision for Our People.
As our Tribe continues to develop on our home lands and benefits continue to grow for out of service delivery areas, I will continue these initiatives to serve both local and out of service delivery area programs. Being involved with Prairie Flower Casino since opening, I am apprised of the current expansion plans and my extensive background in the Tribe spanning across Health and Tribal Affairs allows me to envision the endless opportunities that are available for our Tribe and our People.
I started working for the Ponca Tribe in 2008 when I was 21 years old, holding positions in both Health and Tribal Affairs. I left employment with the Ponca Tribe to pursue my master’s degree at Bellevue University. During that time, I stayed engaged with the Tribe and served as the Chair of the Election Board from 2015 to 2018. In 2018 I was hired as the Deputy Director of Tribal Affairs and quickly promoted to the Executive Director of Tribal Affairs (EDTA). I served in this capacity until October of 2021 when I stepped down to work for the Prairie Flower Casino as the Training and Recruitment Specialist. I wanted to be able to serve our Tribal Community by recruiting quality team members to be the face of our casino and contribute to the casino’s success and prosperity.
During my time as Executive Director of Tribal Affairs, I sat on multiple boards and committees including, Law and Order Code, Law and Justice, Culture and Language, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and was a Guest to the Elders Council. As one of the D2 representatives, I intend to be fully involved and invested in our tribe, including sitting on multiple boards and committees.
I oversaw the growth and development of the following programs and services: Buffalo Program, Education, Enrollment, Environment, Culture, Domestic Violence, Facilities, Grants Management, Land Management, Social Services, Ponca Express, Transportation, Land Management, Tribal Court, Workforce Development, and our Sioux City and Lincoln office sites. I was a leading force for our Tribal Affairs division through two National Disasters; 2019 Flood and 2020 COVID Pandemic.
I was also involved with the purchase of 2,000 plus acres of our original home land near the Niobrara River, making us the largest land owner in Knox County. This allows for future plans of cabins and hunting for our Tribal Members. With our land expansion efforts, I partnered with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to create a Land Management Program that was added to our Tribal BIA Contract. The Buffalo program was also added to the BIA contract at the same time, which assists in contributing to the sustainability of our Buffalo Herd.
I look forward to continuing to grow our Tribe and moving us forward so we can continue to serve our Elders, Youth, and all members both inside and outside of the service delivery areas.
Hello Ponca members! My name is Rebecca (Becci) Sullivan, and I am honored to be your Vice Chairwoman. I am also the Chairwoman of the Tax Commission and the Advisor to our Youth Council. I have two master’s degrees; a MAM (management) and an MBA (business administration). I was first elected to Tribal Council in 2002 and have proudly served our members for over 14 years. I have also served our members as the President of Osni/PEDCO and the Health Planner. Currently, my focus is on the MMIR (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives) 5K, where we will have Jordan Daniel as our guest speaker, our First Annual Osni Ponca Nation Summit, our Youth Council attending the National Unity Conference, our Youth Council’s Commit to Fit program, and our Breakfast and Bingo: Honoring Our Elders events. Previously, I served as a member of the following committees: Education, ICWA, Culture, Powwow, and Enrollment; the following boards: NPHA, Osni, PEDCO, Election, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health, and Tribal Court Advisory; and the Nebraska Indian Commission. At the national level, I have served as the Tribal Liaison for FEMA and on the National Commission of American Indians.
I live in Bennington, NE with my children, Angel, and Shiloh. My mother is Patricia Eichberger, Director of Education; my sister is Candy Schott, Health Chief Administration Officer; and my late grandmother, Donnabelle Wendzillo, served on Tribal Council for many years. I am excited for our Tribe’s future and look forward to continuing to serve my people.
District 2 Areas
District 2 is comprised of the following counties in Nebraska and Iowa as well as the states indicated below:
Burt, Cass, Douglas, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Sarpy, and Washington
Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Buchanan, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Shelby, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, and Wayne
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas.