The Luak Group is the holding company of subsidiaries, Heroda Bikax^e Consulting LLC, Morning Star Consultants LLC, and Ugisa Tribal Consultants LLC. With over 14 years of professional experience in Indian Country, The Luak Group is dedicated to ensuring a nation building approach that tribal communities can assert to for capacity growth, strategic orientation, cultural collaboration, while protecting tribal sovereignty through all of our services and businesses. Our teams of subject matter experts will ensure your mission and vision is incorporated into your goals and objectives at every level of the services we provide.
The Luak Group has one vision in mind…Bringing Solutions to Indian Country.
Brandi Liberty, enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and descendant of the United Houma Nation, is the owner and CEO of The Luak Group and provides tribal consulting services for Tribes and Tribal entities. With over 14 years of experience, she is one of the top five grant writers in Indian Country and has over $78.2 million in federal and state level grant awards for projects and program serving Indian Country. Her specialties include Business Development, Indian Housing / NAHASDA, Grant Writing, Grants Management, Tribal Housing Human Resources, Technical Assistance/Training, Economic Development, Policy Development, Compliance, and Strategic Planning.
Ms. Liberty was the keynote speaker for the Healing the Circle in Our Tribal Communities Symposium hosted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida in 2019 and a speaker for the Families Are Sacred Summit hosted by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in 2023. She has been interviewed by High Country News about harassment in the BIA and by the Associated Press on the confirmation of Deb Haaland to the Department of Interior. Currently, Ms. Liberty is a monthly columnist for Verite News in New Orleans, LA, addressing indigenous culture, issues, and events for the Tribes located in the state.
Ms. Liberty is an Enterprising Woman of Color, a program under the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) that focuses on providing women of color opportunities to expand their businesses. She has sat on multiple boards across Indian Country, including the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Election Board and the IPAI Community Loan Fund Board for the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and Research Wild.
Ms. Liberty graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in History. She holds a master’s degree from the Center of Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas, where her focus was Tribal Human Resources. Ms. Liberty also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School’s Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program through Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA).
Josephine Ethel “Josie” Campbell Simmonds, January 1898 -January 1977
Born on the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska reservation in 1898. On her honeymoon in 1914 she was denied a room at the local hotel in White Cloud KS for being Indian.
Ethil Simmonds Liberty
June 1915 – April 1991
The eldest of 21 siblings, my grandmother was born in White Cloud, KS on the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska reservation in 1915 to a Ioway mother and French father. This photo was taken of my grandmother on the day she became a US citizen, following the Indian Citizen Act of 1924, when she was about 9-10 years old. The oldest of 17 siblings, she was born on the lands of the Ioway but was not afforded the right to be a citizen of the United States until this day in 1924.
Linest Parfait Sr.,
July 1900 – January 1963
Born in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana in 1900 to Jean Marie Parfait and Mary Billiot, Linest Parfait Sr. (United Houma Nation) was a trapper and worked in the fields down the bayou in Lousiana.
Mable Parfait Andrues,
May 1926 – November 2008
The eldest of 15 siblings, my grandmother, Mable Parfait Andrues (United Houma Nation) was born in Bayou Dularge, Louisiana to Linest Parfait Sr. and Lydia Trosclair Parfait in 1926, helping to raise her younger siblings.