Toni Stanger-McLaughlin is the Director of Tribal Governance for the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Toni is based on the West Coast close to the Colville Confederated Tribes reservation where she is a citizen of the tribe. For over a decade Toni has worked in the area of Tribal Agricultural Law and Policy.
Prior to joining the Initiative, Toni served as the National Tribal Program Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary in Washington, DC. After significant contributions in advancing tribal issues and settling millions of dollars in civil rights claims on behalf of American Indian Farmers and Ranchers, Toni left the Department of Agriculture to establish a successful consulting business where in her first year she was awarded entrepreneur of the year from the Northwest Native Development Fund. After three years of operating her business as well as working with Sovereign Development Corporation exploring land use and business development for Tribes, Toni joined the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative full time in July of 2017.
Toni earned her law degree from the University of North Dakota, and her Bachelor of Science from Lewis Clark State College. In her free time, Toni enjoys cultural activities such as designing and making tribal regalia, dancing, hunting and fishing with her husband and three children.