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Big Brothers Big Sisters Names Director of Native American Engagement

Big Brothers Big Sisters Names Director of Native American Engagement

Carroll Swan Jr. brings passion for improving outcomes for Native American youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to announce that Carroll “Nick” Swan Jr. joins our team as Director of Native American Engagement. Swan, a member of the Itazipco band of the Lakota Nation, brings a robust multicultural background through his work with organizations such as WS Commercial Enterprises, the American Indian College Fund and Turning Stone Resort Casino. Swan has worked professionally and personally helped Native tribal youth, college students, organizations and businesses since 1986. In these roles, he has been a mentor and instructor, performed cultural preservation, and achieved success as a major gifts fundraiser for tribal higher education, generating endowments and individual gifts of up to $150,000, as well as bequests of nearly $450,000.

 “I couldn’t be happier or more grateful,” Swan said. “My mentors changed my existence and being part of Big Brothers Big Sisters to empower others, with that same opportunity is amazing."

“I am very excited about Carroll as new Director of Native American Engagement," said Lowell Perry, Big Brothers Big Sisters Vice President of Diversity. "Swan has extremely solid credentials, not only in Indian country, but professionally as well.”                                              

Swan worked as a contractor with tribes and commercial and government principles, and he also possesses experience as a quality control specialist and project manager. Swan has a BS in Psychology from the University of South Dakota and an AA in Tribal Administration from Haskell Indian Nations University.

Swan said he will work to bring effective Big Brothers Big Sisters programs to Indian Country.

"The challenges our precious tribal youth face today are immense and too often overwhelming. Whenever we can strengthen them, in any way, helps our youth envision a better future for themselves and their people,” he said. “I have supported our Native cultural and spiritual ways with deep personal commitment.”

Swan joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Perry said, is a demonstration of our renewed focus on the Native American Community.

 “Swan’s work in Indian Country will take a holistic approach that we really haven’t seen in the past,” he said.

Swan is enrolled with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and his Lakota name is Hehaka Ite Wakan or Sacred Elk Face.

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