Board of Directors

Meet the core group of individuals who share a common passion for creating a supportive, sustainable, lucrative, community-enriching center for artists and crafters on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Patrick Joel Pulliam, Lakota Artist
Pine Ridge, SD
Director and President
Tribal Member, US Army Veteran, and nationally-recognized and award-winning Oglala Lakota Artist.
Undergraduate study at Lakota College, Pine Ridge
Almira Uemura
Ames, IA
Director and Secretary
Almira has been active through her church in Ames, Iowa, traveling to the Reservation delivering truckloads of clothing and goods through Oyate Teka and Healthy Starts agencies, buying art, and helping with other projects since 2013. Almira is passionate supporter of Lakota artisans and the PRCAC. Almira’s 30 year career includes clerical work for the University of Minnesota, Mary Greeley Medical Center in Iowa, and the Middleton Public Library in Wisconsin. In addition to her work with Pine Ridge, Almira also serves as Secretary for two other nonprofits, Empower Tanzania since 2011 and 4 Feathers Development since 2014.
Natalie Hilleman
Ankeny, IA
Director, Vice President and Treasurer
B.A. in English and Art History from The University of Iowa and graduate coursework in editing, design and art at the University of Minnesota; 30 years’ experience in publications, art and design. Natalie has been traveling to the Reservation working with Lakota artisans since 2006.