Mandan News

Smith named cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders

Genevieve Smith, the director of administration and project management at Common Enterprise Development Corp., based in Mandan, was named by the Bush Foundation as one of 17 individuals committed to advancing the self-determination of their Native nations form the fourth cohort of the Bush Foundation’s Native Nation Rebuilders Program.

The foundation launched the Rebuilders program in support of the elected leaders of the 23 Native nations, who said that partnering with other emerging and existing Native leaders will be crucial to the success of their nations over the long term.

Rebuilders make a significant commitment. They agree to participate consistently in ongoing activities throughout the two-year period, to actively share knowledge with peers and with their respective nations’ governments, and to develop and implement nation-rebuilding action plans.

Smith is a descendent of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. One of her current projects involves support for developing a long-term strategic plan for her nation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She and her husband have two children.