Julia White Bull

Julia White Bull

Hunkpapa, Oglala Lakota

Asset manager | Travois Asset Management & Compliance

Growing up on my maternal side’s reservation at Cheyenne-River Sioux Tribe and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, powwows have always been a part of my life. My sister and I started dancing at pow wows when we were 3 years old. (We are fraternal twins, but people have always had trouble telling us apart!)

My twin sister and I were taught how to bead and sew when we were 12 years old. That year, I finished my first pair of leggings for powwows. It is one of my happiest memories.

Beading entails family designs and structure with our close-knit families. As an adult, I have sewn and beaded both of my children’s regalia and my own, but I still have that first pair of leggings from when I was 12. I keep them as a reminder of how practice makes perfect.

Working in compliance and asset management for affordable housing requires similar skill and dedication — patience, attention to detail and the ability to overcome challenges.

As an asset manager, I will help you understand what is needed to maintain your affordable housing and keep properties in compliance with program rules and regulations.

Before I started at Travois, I worked as a research aide and in several different law firms, where the main focuses were on property management, evictions and debt collections. (I also narrated the documentary “Heart of a Warrior” about Navajo Code Talker Sam Sandoval — which was a fun side project!)

My skills from these experiences, along with my bachelor’s degree from Haskell Indian Nations University, and master’s degree from the University of Kansas, both in Indigenous and American Indian studies, help me have a shared understanding with the clients and nations we work with.

Helping families move into homes is critical in Indian Country. I will work to ensure you and your families have the resources you need to reach this life-changing goal.