Travois Superhero Awards


Congratulations to our 2017 Superhero Award winners, who are doing amazing work in their communities! (Be on the lookout for future blogs featuring each winner.)

  • Housing professional: Floyd Tortalita, Executive Director for Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority; Pueblo of Acoma, NM
  • Economic Development Professional: Ho-Chunk Inc. and Lance Morgan; Winnebago, NE
  • Pillar: Danny Chatter, maintenance superintendent for Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Housing; Camp Verde, AZ
  • Haven: Jean Defoe, Finance Manager for Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority; Bayfield, WI
  • Project team: Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority; Red Lake, MN


Click the links to read about 2015 and 2016 Superhero Award winners.

Award categories

Housing Professional of the Year
Nominate a dynamic Native professional who works to provide housing for American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian families. The Housing honoree will be someone who represents the highest professional standards and brings new ideas and a fresh perspective to the task of providing affordable housing.

Economic Development Professional of the Year
Nominate someone who helps spark positive economic change in Native communities. The Economic Development honoree will be someone who has helped build a strong community through infrastructure, health care, education, business or other community projects.

Pillar of the Year
Nominate a construction or maintenance professional who has played a key role in building your community. The Pillar honoree will know how to manage a project, stretch a dollar, and battle the elements to deliver a quality product on time.

Haven of the Year
Nominate an occupancy, compliance or asset management professional in your community who helps ensure Indian Country housing remains strong for the future. The Haven honoree will be a housing authority employee who listens to the needs of the families he or she serves and puts plans into action.

Project Team of the Year
Nominate a project team who represents the best in Indian Country development. The award will not go to an individual but to a team who has used new ideas and courageous action to innovate in our field. This award nomination can include multiple team members who have ensured a project’s success: the tribal staff members and project partners like investors, attorneys, accountants and others. Let’s celebrate those breaking new ground in Indian Country housing, health, business, finance, education and other critical fields.