In this episode, Chantel visits with Misty Kuhl, newly appointed as the Director of Indian Affairs for Governor Gianforte. Misty shares her lifelong work to support education and economic opportunity for Montana’s Indigenous populations.
Chantel, Class of 2010 and Masters Class 2019 alumna, is also our President & CEO. An occasional host, she brings to Listen First Montana a deep knowledge of our alumni and the many ways they work to build a better Montana.
Misty was born in Havre and is a member the Fort Belknap Indian Community. As a first generation college graduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services (Cum Laude) from Montana State University-Billings.
Misty spent several years working with tribal communities in New Mexico as a probation officer, and then nationally as a Director with the Native American Alliance Foundation.
Following her work with NAAF, she lived out her love for the outdoors and was an outdoor guide for several years, eventually taking over Outdoor Programs for Kirtland Air Force Base. She especially loves paddling whitewater and trail running. Misty is a champion for diversity in outdoor recreation and loves helping people get outside. Entrepreneurship opportunities in the outdoor industry brought her “home” to Montana.
Being back in Montana ignited a renewed passion for serving Indian Country. Previous to her current role as Director of Indian Affairs for Governor Gianforte, Misty was the Coordinator for Native American Programming and Outreach at Rocky Mountain College, and before that she served as Tribal Liaison and Field Representative for then-Congressman Gianforte. Misty lives in the Billings area with her husband Matthew.