Yvette is a Program Director at The National Center. She enjoys working with tribes and native business owners to assist them with helping them reach their business goals.Yvette Fielder is an enrolled member of Three Affiliated Tribes and descendant of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, her clan is the Midibahdi which in the Hidatsa language means Waterbuster. Previously, Yvette worked as a project manager for her tribe in North Dakota commuting between the valley of the sun in Arizona to the high plains of North Dakota. She has a long history of working with tribes and clients in various program management settings from Business, Economic and Workforce development and gained her experience over the years through hard work and persistence. In her early career as a personal banker, she earned many certifications, and later worked in Accounting for two school districts in Arizona. One of her most rewarding careers was with the Gila River Indian Community for ten years in Early Education overseeing the program that worked with off reservation childcare programs, and an early education program with twelve classrooms serving children in the community from 6 weeks of age up to 13.
Yvette graduated with honors from The University of Phoenix with her Master’s in Public Administration and her Bachelor’s in Management with a minor in Business. Yvette also completed a certificate business program with The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Yvette also was involved with the communities’ foster care program and became a foster care parent for ten years. She views her biggest accomplishment as raising her five children, who have grown to be exceptional young adults. Yvette is very proud of her cultural heritage and often is found creating various artwork in her spare time using the Buffalo bone to create contemporary jewelry and painting landscapes of places she has visited.