Board of Directors

Larry Knudsen
Ho Chunk Nation, Black River Falls

CEO, Indigenous in Music and Arts, Sarasota, Florida

CEO, Two Buffalo Construction Supplies, Sarasota, Florida

Host/Producer, Indigenous in Music with Larry K

Larry K is host and producer of the Indigenous in Music Radio show which is recorded and distributed every week to over 40 stations around the US.   Our show is currently syndicated on three networks.  We are heard twice heard twice daily on our Flagship station Native Voice One (NV1) The Native American Radio Network.

Larry currently serves and President/CEO of Two Buffalo Construction Supplies.  He has served as president of the South Minneapolis Rotary Club 2001-2002; he was a participant in Leadership Minneapolis-Class of 2001; a Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Program.  He has been named 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year from the American Indian Economic Development Corporation and 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year from the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce.

He has received Employer of the Year from American Indian OIC, and Outstanding Leadership and Achievement awards from Rotary International and American Indian OIC, for his work in helping the local talent establish employment and on-the-job training.

Larry has served as director of the March of Dimes, Minnesota Chapter, American Indian OIC, Minnesota State Council OIC, Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Street Council.

George O’Neil
Treasure
Sarasota, Florida

Mike Bern
Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick


Mike is an Indigenous singer and songwriter from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick.  The singer’s raspy voice can be heard on “First Mother ” which had early success and climbed to the number one spot on the Indigenous Music Countdown.

Although Bern’s musical genre is Indigenous Folk Rock, a hint of Southern Gospel emanates through his vocals.  In 2017, Bern along with his band District Avenue won two awards for their Revival music video which was featured at the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics. True to the origins of Indie Folk Rock, Bern harmonizes Rock vocals with acoustic guitar melodies reminiscent of traditional folk music. Bern will bring more of a pure Indie Rock sound to the charts. A sound that haunts listeners and stays with you long after listening.  Whether as a Solo singer or in a band, Mike stands out with haunting vocals and creative acoustic guitar arrangements. Music connoisseurs will fall in love with Mike Bern; an edgy Indie Rocker with Indigenous roots.

Brandis Knudsen
CEO/President Dakota South Records
Director of Small Business Development and Investor Relations for Elevate Rapid City

As well as being an artist on Dakota South Records, Knudsen is also the President of the label which is home to multiple other rising artists in the music industry. Additionally, Knudsen is the Director of Small Business Development and Investor Relations for Elevate Rapid City. Prior to his current role, he has also
held leadership roles within the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, the Rapid City Journal, and Car Now
Acceptance Company and brings with him a background in Networking and Public Relations, Membership Growth and Professional Development, Business Consulting,
Marketing and Advertising, Sales and Customer Service, and Collections and Telemarketing.
 

Darren Geffre
Blackfeet Nation Montana
IT Network Adminstrator, The Down Race Track and Casino, Albuquerque, NM

Born and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Darren’s music has captured fans of all ages. Darren has been playing and singing in bands since he was 16 yrs old. His previous groups include: Black Diamond, Crimson, and a “NAMMY” nominated group Wakinyan”. Darren’s original music was
nominated for a 2001 Native American Music Award for the single “If I Ever”, in the category of Best Independent Recording. Darren’s
album “Uncivilized” has sold over 15,000 copies, enough to get him a 2005 Entry level “Grammy” nomination for “Best New Artist” & “Album of the
Year”.

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