Floyd “Buck”Jourdain was born and raised on the Red Lake Reservation in northwest Minnesota
He graduated from Red Lake High school in 1984 and went on to attain his bachelor’s degree at Bemidji State university. He served as Tribal Chairman from 2004 to 2014.
During his tenure as Chairman Red Lake made great strides in economic development, Infrastructure, community improvements, education, and tribal governance.
He is a fearless defender of tribal sovereignty and the rights of Indigenous people. His achievements were recognized by the prestigious Bush Foundation who awarded him a fellowship for leadership development in 2016.
Educated, articulate, and thoughtful, his leadership goes beyond tribal government and in to community. He currently serves in an advisory capacity on nonprofit organizations such as chemical dependency treatment centers, Boys&Girls clubs, and health care organizations.
He is currently the Director of Tribal Archives and Cultural Education at the Red Lake Nation College in Red Lake, Minnesota.