The Northern Plains Heritage Foundation

Our mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the cultural, natural, and scenic resources along the Missouri River in central North Dakota. We do this by encouraging long-term respect, enhancement, interpretation, and appropriate development of the region’s heritage resources by the adequate funding and management of partnership activities.

We partner with NHA sites to attract visitors to their events and programs, working toward cohesive messaging and cooperative operations. In addition, our goal is to create support among community leaders, legislators, and inform the community about the importance of natural, historic, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Northern Plains.

The NPHF utilizes federal funds—including but not limited to sharing those funds with partners through matching grants—and raises other funds to implement the management plan.

NPHF Board of Directors

Board member terms are three years or longer and strives for representation from each of the five counties within the NPNHA (Burleigh, McLean, Mercer, Morton, and Oliver), and representation of enrolled members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Board composition also strives for representatives that have a vested heritage interest in the protected areas and lived-in landscape that is the NPNHA including farming, ranching, historic preservation interests, and energy production.


Aaron Barth


Emily Sakariassen


Lacey Heid


Board of Directors

NPHF Board Officers

Erin Laverdure


Brent Brannan


Keith Ulmer


NPHF Board Members

Brian Bitner

Brian Bitner

Brian Bitner

Shadd Piehl

Richard Tokach