Serving Indiana's Indigenous Population Since 1992
Board
Board of Directors, Staff & Volunteers of the American Indian Center of Indiana, Inc.
 
AICI Board of Directors 
 
 
Tony Castoreno (Lipan Apache)
Chair
Tony is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache tribe from southwest Texas.  He is from the Sun Otter Clan and a pipe carrier, an honor bestowed to a select few.  He was born in Indiana, but his Native roots have always had him involved with tribal issues around the country.  He is a journeyman brick and masonry carpenter and is known for his creative stone work. Tony joined the American Indian Movement in 1979.  Though AIM has had some issues with the Federal Government, they were founded on the principle to stand up for all Natives and their rights and to also to try to make amends for all the atrocities that have occurred to the Native population in the U.S.  Tony was one of the original founders of the American Indian Council and has delivered clothes and toys to various reservations.  He is a water drum maker and teacher and teaches traditional Apache songs.  He sits (plays) on various powwow drums and dances in his traditional Apache regalia.  Tony is also a teepee-maker and has won numerous awards for his authentic teepees and the items inside of it.  He has been Head Male dancer, Arena Director and Master of Arms for various powwows.  Tony donates his time volunteering for the American Indian Center and pulls their trailer to powwows and sets up their tents and booths.  Through the Indiana/Kentucky AIM, Tony hosted the Longest Walkers when they traveled through Indiana. Contact: tcastoreno@americanindiancenter.org
 
 
 
D. Bruce Brown (Sac and Fox descent)
Vice Chair
Bruce is of Sac and Fox heritage.  His great-grandfather was born on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Tama, Iowa.  Bruce grew up in a small town on the south side of Chicago and attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.  After college he found himself working in the food service industry and he managed several tablecloth and limited menu restaurants before becoming the Foodservice Director for three State prisons. Bruce served in that capacity for twenty-five years. During that time he furthered his education by earning the professional designations of Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Nutritionist  (CN).  Bruce then worked for three years with the Indiana Department of Education as the Director of the Summer Foodservice Program for Children.  He is now retired and enjoys discovering his family history through several genealogy sites on the internet.
 
 
 
Dr. Lann Thompson (Cherokee descent)
Treasurer
Lann E. Thompson, EdD, MSSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, LMFT was elected to the AICI Board in 1999. He has Cherokee heritage and began his career working on the Sioux Indian Reservations in South Dakota. He recently retired as the Associate Director of the Riley Child Development Center at Riley Hospital for Children on the campus of Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN. For 32 years he held a clinical and associate faculty position with Indiana University School of Social Work teaching courses on death, dying, grief and loss while also serving as a social work field instructor and a clinician at the Riley Child Development Center working with families and their children with disabilities. While earning an MSSW at the University of Wisconsin, Lann was a LEND trainee at the Waisman Center. He also earned a MA and an EdD in counseling psychology from the University of South Dakota. He served a term as vice president for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) South Dakota Chapter, and has served as both vice president and president for the Indiana Chapter. In addition he was an elected representative six times for the NASW Delegate Assembly (1990–2005), and in 1999 he was chairperson for the Midwest Coalition. Lann also serves on the boards of the Indiana Telehealth Advisory Consortium and About Special Kids (formerly the Indiana Parent Information Network) and is Past President of that Board. In 1992, he was awarded the Social Worker of the Year Award for Indiana. In 2006 he was elected to the National Board of Directors of NASW as the Region VII representative for IN, OH, KY, TN and WV. He chaired the NASW Personnel Committee. Lann also served on the NASW National Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2007 he was elected to the National Board of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and is Chairperson for the Council on Interdisciplinary Services. He served on the Program, Council Chairs and Award Review Committees of the AUCD Board. Previously he was Co- Chair of the AUCD Communications, Committee and served on the 2008 Poster Review Committee. He has been a member of AAUAP/AUCD, since 1975 and has served on the National Training Directors Council and the National Community Education Directors Council. He also has served as a grant reviewer for MCH –LEND grants, as the chair of the review panel and as chair of a HRSA Small Provider Health Grants Review Panel. From 2008-2009 he served on the U.S. Health and Human Services, Office on Disability and Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy,  Health Providers Health Care Curriculum Select Panel.
 
Elder Council
 
LeRoy Malaterre (Ojibwe)
LeRoy Malaterre grew up on Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota, part of the Chippewa tribe.  He served sixteen years in the Army Airborne Unit and then worked at General Motors where he retired after 31 years.  LeRoy is a founding board member of the American Indian Center and served as emcee at powwows around the state.  LeRoy enjoys woodworking and ballroom dancing in his spare time.
 
 
Office Staff
 
Executive Director -- Carolina Castoreno-Santana (Lipan Apache)
Carolina Castoreno-Santana is the Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Indiana. She is an enrolled member of Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, and is also of Mescalero Apache and Yaqui descent. At Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, she pursued her BA in an Individualized Major focusing on Multicultural and Diversity Studies and also served as the President of the Native American Student Alliance.  In 2016, Carolina began her doctoral Studies at FIU in Global and Sociocultural Studies. She has presented on topics surrounding Indigenous identity and rights at NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education), the White Privilege Conference, the Indiana Latino Leadership Conference, and other Diversity conferences across the state and country.  Her graduate work focuses on Indigenous communities and academic activism in Latin America.  One of her biggest passions is collaborating with other communities of color, and she is dedicated to improving the image and presence of AICI in the community.  She is a current member and former board member of the American Indian Movement IN/KY Chapter, where her primary concerns are awareness and action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Outreach to Indigenous Latino Community, and Native American education.  Carolina is a writer, activist, student, and mother who is dedicated to social justice, the preservation of Native identity, decolonization efforts, and education for and of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Contact: ccastoreno@americanindiancenter.org
 
 
Volunteers
 
 
 
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