Missoula Urban Indian Health Center Team
D’Shane is Mandan and Arikara and comes to MUIHC with a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco. D’Shane formerly served as the executive director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health in Washington, DC, and as the director of planning and policy for the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California.
D’Shane received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Montana, Missoula. In his free time, he enjoys taking advantage of western Montana’s beautiful outdoors, attending powwows, and spending time with his family.
Clayton Tallwhiteman works as the Information Technology Technician/Clinical Applications Coordinator for Missoula Urban Indian Health Center. He is a tribal member of the Assiniboine, Northern Cheyenne, and Blackfeet tribes. Clayton holds an Associates Degree in Information Technology from the University of Montana and is CompTIA A+,TestOut PC Pro, and Computer Support Specialist certified. He is currently a student at the University of Montana pursuing a Bachelors of Applied Sciences degree in Computer Science.
Kiana is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Chippewa tribe. She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a Certificate in Entertainment Management in 2017 and continued her education after graduation to pursue her last year of eligibility as a member of the University of Montana Rodeo Team. She plans to soon pursue a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. Kiana still continues to follow the rodeo trail whenever she can in the INFR circuit and Pro Rodeo circuit around Montana. She enjoys spending free time with family and friends.
Skye is a three-time graduate from the University of Montana with her Bachelor and Master of Art degrees in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice, and a Master of Business Administration degree. She is a descendant of the Shoshone-Bannock and Little Shell Chippewa tribes. Skye has worked with historically marginalized communities in an academic setting and wrote her master’s thesis on low-income and first generation college students’ experiences in higher education. She looks forward to serving the Urban Indian communities of Western Montana in a culturally-conscious manner.
Originally from the plains of Northeastern Montana, Skye enjoys exploring Missoula’s excellent hiking trails and public lands with her dog in her spare time.
Laura Bird is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. Laura grew up an Air Force military brat and lived on several different military bases during her childhood. She attended Haskell Indian Nations University, Blackfeet Community College, and most recently, Missoula College. Laura moved to Missoula in 1999 and has worked in healthcare for over 13 years first as a pharmacy technician before she decided to change career paths and further her education. Laura obtained a degree in Medical Information Technology from Missoula College while also working part time retail for the Missoula Osprey. Laura now works as the Eligibility Specialist for MUIHC and is happy for the opportunity to be able to work with and serve the Missoula urban indigenous community. Laura has four children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as being outdoors and playing roller derby as a team skater for Hellgate Roller Derby.
Lily Wagner Gervais is a Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana. Lily came to Missoula in 2001 to attend the University of Montana and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and has worked in the addiction field since 2005 in various capacities. Lily came to work for MUIHC as the Behavioral Health Supervisor in 2016 because she hoped to be more connected to the Native population in Missoula on a personal and professional level.
Dana is an enrolled member of the White Clay (Gros Ventre) Tribe and a descendent of the Blackfeet Nation. Her Indian Name is Pittanshkeeakii (Eagle Speaker Woman). Dana was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation and graduated from the Blackfeet Community College with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management in 1999 then moved to Missoula to begin working at MUIHC in 2006 as the Front Desk Receptionist. In 2008, Dana became the ASA/Tobacco Program Coordinator. Incorporating the traditional cultural values taught to her by her maternal family and her in-laws plays a vital role in the current evidenced-based and promising practices utilized in her prevention education programming. Dana is humbled and honored to have served the Missoula Urban Indian community for the past 12 years.
Ii-ta-miks-tsitsi-koo (Have a good day/It is a good day)!