Now a registered Limited Liability Company in the state of Louisiana. Heroda Bikaxe means Morning Star in Chiwere, the language of the Ioway.
Brandi Liberty is the owner of Heroda Bikax^e Consulting LLC dba Morning Star Consulting and provides tribal consulting services for Tribes and Tribal businesses. With over 13 years of experience and over $31 million in grant awards working in Indian Country her specialties include: Indian Housing/NAHASDA, Grant Writing, Grants Management, Tribal Housing Human Resources, Technical Assistance/Training, Policy Development, Compliance, and Strategic Planning.
She has served as a training and technical assistance provider for the Native Learning Center for four years. During that time, she has served numerous Tribes in various TTA capacities. In addition, she was the keynote speakers for the Healing the Circle in Our Tribal Communities Symposium hosted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Native Learning Center. Brandi has been interviewed by High Country News about harassment in the BIA and by the Associated Press on the confirmation of Deb Haaland to the Department of Interior.
Brandi graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the Center of Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas, where her focus was Tribal Human Resources. Brandi is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and a descendant of the United Houma Nation in Southern Louisiana. She lives in New Orleans with her two children, Carl & Libby, and their dog, Floppy Jalopy (FJ).
Tribal Housing Consulting
Provide housing consulting services on NAHASDA regulations, OMB Super Circular, Indian Community Development Block Grant, Indian Housing Block Grant, housing funding opportunities, and housing development.
Provide assistance to fulfill the requirements of the funding agency, compliance, reporting preparation, and search for ways to expand organizations existing services.
Provide customized professional technical writing services to help the organization throughout the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle
Tribal Human Resources Consulting
Provides HR consulting to tribal entities, including recruitment, policy creation, job development, training, salary analytics, and other human resource functions.
planning and Development
Provide consulting services and or technical assistance on development of departmental strategic planning, projects, and programs for tribal housing and tribal administration.
Provides speaking and training engagement services on a variety of topics in Indian Country and non-profit organizations
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Iowa Tribe Housing Authority
Power Dynamics Innovations LLC
Northern Ponca Housing Authority
Ponca Economic Development Corp
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
Yankton Sioux Tribe
Santee Sioux Tribe
Spirit Lake Housing Corporation
Samish Indian Nation
Narragansett Indian Tribe
Santa Clara Pueblo
San Carlos Apache
VA Federally Recognized Tribes
American Indian Center Chicago
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Comanche Nation Housing Authority
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
...and many more
Indian Housing Training & Technical Assistance Topics
Outreach in Native Communities - Domestic Violence
Overview of the ICDBG (annually at NOFA release)
Procurement & Contract Management Under NAHASDA
Procurement for Maintenance Staff
Retaining Effective Tribal Housing Staff
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Skills for a Successful Job Search
...And Many More
Drug & Substance Abuse in Housing
Drug Free Workplace
Effective Practices for Writing and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)
Executive Director Training
Grants Management Under NAHASDA
Housing Authority Roles
Tribal Human Resources Topics
Strategic Planning: Indian Housing Plan
Former U.S Attorney
"I had the honor of listening to Brandi's keynote speech at the Native American Healing Symposium in Hollywood, Florida, last week. Brandi engages her audience with a well-informed, compelling story of triumph over abuse and isolation. She deftly educates about narcissistic behavior and the devastating effect it can have in relationships as well as the legal ramifications in custody cases. A very articulate, first class presentation.”
William Guevara Consulting Services
"I was first introduced to Brandi Liberty via a Native Learning Center webinar and was impressed by her delivery style and her depth of subject knowledge. Recently I had the opportunity to develop a curriculum and deliver a 3-day training with Brandi. I found her to be hard working, well organized, energetic, a great networker, a wonderful speaker and a fun person. Brandi is great with people and has a special way to share her subject knowledge with others. I look forward to future training and technical assistance opportunities with Brandi.”
Sylvester Joe Barby
Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
“Brandi is an intelligent and motivated individual. She is more than capable of understanding the needs of individual housing departments and creating positive change to assist them in moving forward in the best way for the Tribe. With her knowledge and expertise gained from years of analyzing Indian Housing, Brandi educated my staff about best practices, organizational strategies, and development of new strategies…Brandi provided us with the following technical assistance: Closing out HUD findings, IHP/APR, policy updates/development, self-monitoring, and other day to day needs we needed assistance on.”
Georgette Palmer Smith
CMM, Executive Director Seminole Tribe of Florida
Native Learning Center
"It is a pleasure to serve as a professional reference for Brandi Liberty, with whom I have been associated with since 2013 during her Training and Technical Services consultations with Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center. In her roles as Trainer and TA, she has directly impacted the educational outcomes and operational efficiency to Tribes by providing support, direction, training, resources, and assessments to the Native Learning Center and our audience...One of the specific projects to which Brandi Liberty was assigned this year was the development and delivery of NAHASDA Essentials training for the Virginia Tribes who recently became Federally Recognized. She prepared meticulously for the training, planned the instructional activities to address all learning styles, produced professional handout materials, presented engaging and informative training, and provided follow-up. The Tribes will benefit from Brandi's training and technical assistance, and their written evaluations indicated that she consistently performed at an excellent level, achieving high rankings for her training…"
Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska; 2nd Member at Large, Southern Plains Indian Housing Association
"The Housing Authority of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska has worked with Morning Star Consulting for several years. Brandie has written ICDBG Grants and Title IV loan applications for us, which both have been successful. We continue to work with her today. We highly recommend that you give her the opportunity if you need consulting services. Her knowledge and resources she has are second to none."
Unboxed Training Solutions
"We’ve had the privilege of working with Morning Star Consulting and Brandi Liberty on multiple events. Brandi’s experience, values, and competency-based learning strategies blend perfectly with any organization, especially Indian Country. She’s led several national training programs for us and is the most authentic, knowledgeable consultant and trainer we’ve ever worked with. Her unparalleled ability to work in any environment with any given timeline boosts Morning Star Consulting as the top dedicated consultant leader in our industry. "