Leo J. Omani

Leo J. Omani Leo J. Omani, born January 10, 1955, is a member of the Wahpeton Dakota Nation. Leo Omani is tri-lingual in the spoken Dakota, Cree, and English languages. Leo has earned his Masters of Education Degree and his Bachelors of Education Degree (with Distinction) both from the University of Saskatchewan.
Chief Leo J. Omani - Age: 44
Signing the 1999 five (5) year INAC - Fiscal Transfer
Agreement (FTA), moving Wahpeton Dakota Nation
one step closer to Self-Government.
  • Leo J. Omani business cardWalkingCloud Consulting & Associates : Sole Proprietorship Consulting Business specializing in Project Management Coordination, Research, Proposal Development, and Writing. In addition, Aboriginal Awareness Training and First Nations Governance.

WalkingCloud Consulting & Associates is currently (April 2000 - present) the Project Management Coordination of the P.A. First Nations Cultural Tourism Partnership Project, which involves the City of Prince Albert and four (4) First Nations: Wahpeton Dakota Nation, Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Muskoday First Nation, and James Smith Cree Nation.

WalkingCloud Consulting & Associates have recently completed the following contracts:

  1. Project Management Coordination for the SIIT / PAGC - Saskatchewan First Nations Homelessness Research Project.

  2. Saskatchewan Finance - Fuel and Tobacco Tax Refund Program, Summary of Recommendations in reference to the Chronological and Sequential Analysis of Documentation provided to the Chief & Council of Wahpeton Dakota Nation.

  3. Wahpeton / Montreal Lake Joint Venture Business Project - proposed construction of a building adjacent to the Northern Lights Casino; for Office Space, a Training Center, and Storage Depot.

  4. Fund Rising Lobbyist to secure the money for the Wahpeton / FSIN / Centre for Indigenous Theatre - Summer School.

  5. Fund Rising Lobbyist to secure the money for the Wahpeton Dakota Nation Elders Committee to attend two (2) gatherings in the USA; the World Peace & Prayer Gathering held at Hill City, South Dakota, and the Reclaiming our Youth Gathering held in Rapid City, South Dakota.

  6. Presenter: First Nation Cultural Facilitator, Race & Social Relations Conference, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Prior to WalkingCloud Consulting & Associates Mr. Leo J. Omani was involved with the Black Elk Consulting from June 1999 to March 2000. Black Elk Consulting is a Business Partnership specializing in Ethno-historical research, Human Resource Planning, and First Nation Awareness Training.

Previously Mr. Leo J. Omani has held the following positions:

1996 - 1999 Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation (Three year Term) Portfolio duties included external affairs, administration, education and socio-economic development. Successful in the establishment of the following Projects:

  1. A new sub-division on Wahpeton I.R. #94 - A, which included a new water and sewer treatment plant, a new fire hall and truck, a new health clinic, and twenty (20) new CMHC homes.

  2. The Wahpeton Investment Fund to be used as equity into new Band owned Business Ventures.

  3. The Wahpeton Small Business Revolving Loan Account, which helped set-up sixteen new individual micro-businesses for the membership.

  4. Successful in working out the first Reciprocal Tuition M.O.U. Agreement between a First Nation and a major urban / rural School Board referred to as the Wahpeton / Sask. Rivers School Division Tuition M.O.U. Agreement.

  5. Successful in having the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) Spiritual Healing Lodge constructed on Wahpeton I.R. #94 - B.

In addition, represented Wahpeton Dakota Nation on the following Boards and Commissions:

  • The Saskatchewan Indian Education Commission;

  • The Saskatchewan Indian Federated College;

  • The Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre;

  • The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming & Licensing Board;

  • The FSIN Chiefs Sub-Committee on Housing;

  • The Casino Regina;

  • The PAGC Economic Development Boards;

  • The PAGC Education Board;

  • The PAGC Health & Social Development Board;

  • The Prince Albert Development Corporation;

  • The City of Prince Albert Economic Development Board.

Leo J. Omani

Chief Leo J. Omani
Wahpeton Dakota Nation
April 1982 Signing of the
FSIN Convention Act
Age 27

Prior to being Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation - Mr. Leo J. Omani has worked with the following organizations and has held the following positions:

  • Prince Albert Grand Council - Assistant Director of Education

  • Prince Albert Tribal Council - Post Secondary Coordinator

  • SINCO - Director of Public Relations

  • Wahpeton Dakota Nation - Chief

  • Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations - Indian Probation Officer

  • Wahpeton Dakota Nation - Education Coordinator / Guidance Counselor

  • Department of Indian Affairs - Social Services Administrator

  • Wahpeton Dakota Nation - Band Farm Seasonal Employee

Mr. Leo J. Omani's Professional & Academic Awards

  • 1998 Prince Albert Individual Tourism Award

  • 1998 Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Award

  • 1994 Prince Albert Grand Council Family Education Recognition Award

  • 1992 Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies Scholarship

  • 1991 Andre Renard Memorial Scholarship

  • 1990 Albert Bellegarde Memorial Scholarship

  • 1990 Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) - Fourth Year Academic Award

  • 1990 Aurora Award for Academic Achievement

  • 1989 ITEP - Third Year Academic Award

  • 1989 Chase Memorial Scholarship

  • 1988 Chase Memorial Scholarship

  • 1987 ITEP First Year Academic Award

  • 1987 Chase Memorial Scholarship

Leo J. Omani

Leo J. Omani's hobbies include hunting, fishing, and camping. Leo also enjoys reading literature on First Nation history and politics in his spare time.

Well deserved rest -
Vacationing in Hawaii.


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