Board of Directors

Fond du Lac BandĀ 
of Lake Superior Chippewa
Bruno Zagar
Steven Douglas (alternate)

Forest County Potawatomi Community
Sara Drescher

Ho-Chunk Nation
Kevin Gunderson

Lac du Flambeau Band
of Lake Superior Chippewa

Jason GraveenĀ 
Eric Chapman, Sr. (alternate)

Leech Lake
Band of Ojibwe

Brandy Toft

Mille Lacs
Band of Ojibwe

Charlie Lippert
Andrew Boyd (alternate)

Oneida Nation
Michael Troge

Band of Mohican Indians

Chad Miller
Greg Bunker (alternate)

Our Officers


Bruno Zagar
Fond du Lac Band
of Lake Superior Chippewa


Michael Troge
Oneida Nation

Our Staff


In 2016, MTERA was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the Department of Energy to provide financial assistance to help grow the organization and provide more of an impact to Midwest Tribes. In 2017, MTERA hired the energy management consultancy firm Avant Energy to perform Executive Director and grant administration services. Since then, MTERA has made significant progress establishing itself as a valuable resource for Tribes across the Midwest who are looking to understand and act on the energy opportunities unique to their Tribal circumstances.


About Avant Energy
Avant Energy is an energy management company with over 30 years of experience in energy consulting, project development, and utility management services.

Avant has served over 250 clients nationwide, including: Native American tribes, municipal utilities, power agencies, large energy users, independent power producers, colleges and universities.

Our in-house team has diverse backgrounds in management, finance, engineering, economics, accounting, and law. This, combined with our deep understanding of energy markets and decades of utility/agency management experience, allows us to address a wide range of issues, create value for our clients and deliver cost-effective solutions.

Avant empowers tribes and inter-tribal organizations to take control of their energy future. We do this through conducting baseline assessments, performing utility feasibility studies, assessing opportunities for new energy generation on reservation and supporting utility and power agency formation.

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Minneapolis, MN 55402