Dave Archambault II
Dave Archambault II is the 45th Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. As the Tribe’s top elected official, Dave seeks to find innovative ways to improve the governance of the Tribe and the lives of its people. In 2014, Dave hosted the historic visit of President Obama and the First Lady to the Standing Rock Reservation. During that visit, Dave accompanied the President and First Lady in a meeting with Standing Rock youth, who told of the challenges they face growing up on the reservation and about their aspirations for the future. At the national level, Chairman Archambault was appointed on the US Sentencing Commission’s Tribal Issues Advisory Group and to the US Department of Labor, Native American Employment and Training Council.
Prior to serving as Chairman, Dave worked for United Tribes Technical College, directing a project that focused on workforce development in Indian Country. Dave has an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Sitting Bull College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from North Dakota State University, and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Mary.
Most recently, Chairman Archambault has emerged as a global leader for Indigenous Peoples’ rights as he has led the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and continues to be a voice for tribal sovereignty in championing protection of tribal treaty lands and natural resources. Archambault has testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, led the Washington, DC “Native Nations Rise” march, and published two editorials in The New York Times. He was recently named a “Leader Global Thinker of 2016” by Foreign Policy Magazine and given the Native American Leadership Award by the National Congress of American Indians.