Barbara is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt North Dakota. She currently owns and operates Schmitt Strategies, a Native-owned consulting firm that specializes in Community and Economic Development. With almost 30 years of experience in Community and Economic Development, Dr. Schmitt is committed to assisting tribal communities in planning and implementing economic endeavors on the reservations in the upper Midwest. Both as a team player and as an independent worker, she has been successful in contributing to projects throughout Indian Country in areas such as education, community and economic development, and research and development. Dr. Schmitt has a PhD in Education from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., a MBA and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Dr. Barbara Schmitt

​​"​To improve the quality of life for all Tribal Members, through culturally competent, custom-fit research"