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 21 years of combined experience, The Luak Group works with Tribes and their entities to strategically plan for the future of their community, tribal organization, projects, and programs. The Luak Group has one vision in mind…Bringing Solutions to Indian Country
Brandi Liberty 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 and over $50.1 million in federal and state level grant awards working in Indian Country her specialties include: Indian Housing / NAHASDA, Grant Writing, Grants Management, Tribal Housing Human Resources, Technical Assistance/Training, Economic Development, Policy Development, Compliance, and Strategic Planning.
She has served as a training and technical assistance provider for over seven years, serving Tribes from all HUD and BIA regions in various training & technical assistance capacities. In addition, Brandi was the keynote speaker for the Healing the Circle in Our Tribal Communities Symposium hosted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Native Learning Center. 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.
Brandi 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. Brandi is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and a descendant of the United Houma Nation in Southern Louisiana. She lives in New Orleans with her two children.
Krystal Cedeno is a certified Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Trainer through Oweesta Corporation. With over five years of experience working in Indian Country, she joined the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center (NLC) first as Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Training Specialist in 2017. In 2021, Miss Cedeno became the Training and Development Manager for NLC, where she successfully oversaw, moderated, and facilitated 425 onsite trainings, virtual trainings, webinars, technical assistance requests, podcasts, and online professional development courses for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities from all HUD regions.
Lisa offers over 20 years of operations leadership in charter school education, healthcare, and non-profits. Her work includes successfully partnering with boards to recruit for CEO, CFO, School Superintendent, and other positions. Additionally, she has partnered with healthcare and education organizations to successfully write over $1 million in grants and advising the University of Texas School of Nursing on integrating disability content into nursing education and presiding over a $16-million capital campaign and $40-million new campus construction project.
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.