Leo Baker

Why have you chosen to be on the board?

I believe in protecting the environment.  Water is the source of all life and should be treated as the most valuable resource we have.

Tell us about your vocation/profession.

I grew up in West Central Minnesota and attended Yellow Medicine East High School, graduating in 1992. After traveling and working around the country until 2004 I returned to the Minnesota River Valley to attend the University of Minnesota Morris where I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Indigenous Governance and Development.

An enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) and a member of the Upper Sioux Community, I’m active in regional powwows. I also spent time at the Standing Rock camps protecting water from Enbridge’s pipeline. As an active member of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, I was a 2018 delegate at the State Convention in Rochester.

I have been an active union member and is currently a paraprofessional at Ramsey Elementary School in Montevideo. I live in Granite Falls with my two kids. I’m also involved with Minnesota Communities Caring for Children and the Montevideo Diversity Council.

Fun Fact(s):

I am a proud father of two great kids. I am looking forward to joining the team.