Loren BirdRattler currently serves as the Project Manager for the development of the Blackfeet Nation’s Agriculture Resource Management Plan (ARMP), a plan that will create policy in agriculture, land, conservation, holistic management practices, water resource management, as well as agriculture and livestock regulation for both the Blackfeet Tribe and the United States governments.
Loren has more than twenty years of public and private sector experience in organizational development, strategic planning, policy development, project management, and civic engagement. He is a former National Field Director for the Native Vote Initiative for the National Congress of American Indians, a Public Program Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, both in Washington, DC. He was also a program manager for the United States Department of Defenses’ Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program based in Arlington, VA for Keres Consulting. He has also served as the inaugural Executive Director for two non-profits, Western Native Voice and Montana Native Vote both based in Billings, MT.
Loren has received the President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at the Arizona State University and has been a guest lecturer for the Kennedy School of Government and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard. Most recently, Loren has presented at the National Forum for Large Landscape Conservation and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations, both on indigenous approaches to natural and agriculture resource management, conservation and climate adaptation.
Loren grew up on his family’s ranch forty miles south of Browning on the traditional homelands of the Blackfeet Nation.