Prairie grew up on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in eastern Montana and is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College, with a bachelor’s degree in business, and from the University of Montana, with a master’s degree in business administration. While she was in college, she was an active AIBL chapter member and also worked for the National AIBL office during her graduate studies.
Before joining the AIBL team, she worked in Washington DC, providing accounting and contract management services to help support economic development within American Indian communities. She has also served as the comptroller for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana and worked for an auditing firm specializing in governmental compliance.
In 2011, she was a recipient of the National Center for American Indian Economic Development’s 40 Under 40 Awards. This prestigious award recognizes 40 emerging American Indian leaders who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their communities.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, snowboarding, reading, starting new businesses, and hanging out with her family.