Kelsey Ducheneaux is a fourth generation tribal rancher that calls the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation home. She’s the owner of DX Beef, LLC, a direct-to-consumer regenerative beef operation. Kelsey is the Natural Resources Director for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the use of Indian lands for the benefit of Indian peoples. Kelsey’s passion lies in working directly with land managers and producers in promoting regenerative agricultural practices. Kelsey is excited to see how her work with producers can continue to enhance their connection to consumers in an effort to re-localize more resilient food systems.
Kelsey is a family-focused individual (including her four legged family of horses, cattle, and dogs), soil & plant nerd, and a youth advocate. Kelsey serves her community in many ways, from Board President of Four Bands Community Development Financial Institution, to State Committee Member for South Dakota Farm Service Agency. Some of her favorite involvements encompass her volunteer work with Art of the Cowgirl and Project H3LP!, nonprofit organizations promoting youth and women in agriculture.
Kelsey was awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Millenium Scholarship in 2011, which gave her access to a worldly education. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Rangeland Management from South Dakota State University and then her Master’s of Agriculture Degree in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University. Kelsey’s currently in her second year as a Doctorate in Education Candidate with Northcentral University. Through her education, she’s been able to travel abroad, build friendships, and serve as an advocate - both locally and nationally - for historically underserved and underrepresented populations of Indian Country.