Meet Our Board

Monika Ponton-Arrington

Monika Ponton-Arrington

Director / Executive Consultant

Monika Ponton-Arrington, is a Boriken (Puerto Rico) Taino, also known as the first people. As the oldest of five children, the mother of four and a grandmother of six, Monika has listened to her grandmother, her family and friends, speak about the wide spread prejudice, bigotry and misconceptions against indigenous peoples. Having experienced this herself through childhood and even in the 21st century, she was lead to pursue a certificate in healing arts. Monika has devoted her time and her energy to educating the public on indigenous issues. Her grandmother (Bibi) provided her with a solid foundation for this path. Spending time in the everglades of Florida, the keys, and then moving into the mountain of North Georgia, Monika became knowledgeable with the ways of indigenous peoples and the day to day struggle. Known as Zuimaco to her people she is married, along with her husband Fulton, who is Cherokee, they live in the mountains of north Georgia. Always interested in indigenous rights especially for women and children, armed with the understanding, Monika has sought formal knowledge as well. A diploma in Native American Holistic Theology and a graduate of the Native Wellness Institute, she is blessed with book learning as well as the intuition of a native healer and advocate.

Monika has received an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities, has been recognized and received an Ambassador-ship to the Interfaith Peace Building Initiative and is the Executive Liaison Indigenous Affairs to IPI, and recently was named Tekina to the Taino people, she also is the Vice President of Friends of New Echota. As an advocate she has started her own NGO known as Indigenous Womens Knowledge Inc. a 501(c)3 for women and children. Monika has written articles, has been interviewed for newspapers and magazines, and working on several documentaries concerning indigenous peoples. As a speaker, educator, artist, dancer, mentor, and counselor, Monika continues to reach out to help promote awareness of true Indigenous history of the America’s, concerns and issues in today’s world. She has traveled all over the United States and some of the Caribbean as well as a representative for her nation. (Known as the First People) Working with Project Access (Global Capacity Building for Indigenous Peoples) part of the Tribal Link Foundation, and as a delegate of United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues 2015/2016.

Terry A. Sloan

Terry A. Sloan

Co-Director / Executive Consultant

Terry A. Sloan is a Navajo and Hopi Native American from Tuba City, Arizona born in  Shiprock, New Mexico, he is born to the Kinyaa’aanii – Towering House People Clan and born for the To’aheedliinii – Water-Flows-Together Clan.

Mr. Sloan is a member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Non-governmental Organizations Branch as a Director of his non-profit organization Southwest Native Cultures since May 2011. Mr. Sloan has actively participated in United Nations sessions and meetings since May 2013. Mr. Sloan is also currently consulting the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the U.S. Department of State regarding Indigenous/Native American issues. Mr. Sloan has participated in consulting the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Humanitarian, and Social Affairs Paula Schriefer, on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014. He has also provided his consultation to the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples organizing committee and attended the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples held at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2014. He has consulted with the Mescalero Apache Tribe on its desire to begin an open dialogue with the United States to discuss reclaiming or compensation for the taking of the Apache’s orginal ancestral lands. He is also currently in consultation with the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe of Connecticut in its bid to re-obtain its U.S. Federally Recognized Tribe status.

Mr. Sloan also produces the annual Chimney Rock Native American Cultural Gathering going on its 21st year, which is held at the Chimney Rock National Monument, Colorado. He assisted in lobbying efforts and town meetings, and presentations with U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton and U.S. Senator Mark Udall to obtain National Monument Status for the then, Chimney Rock Archeological Area, Colorado.

Mr. Sloan is the supervising/managing senior auditor/accountant with Sloan & Company. Prior to joining the firm full-time in March 1996, Terry has worked with Sloan & Company previously as a para-professional since 1980. Mr. Sloan has extensive experience with Tribal governments and industry-specific experience in non-profit organizations, governments, oil and gas, housing developers, construction contractors, educational institutions, pension plans, and other retail small business, in-charge of audits of small businesses, non-profit organizations, Tribal enterprises and Tribal governments. As the supervisory in-charge, he is responsible for the planning fieldwork, preparation of time budgets, design and implementation of audit procedures, the execution and supervision of fieldwork, and the completion and drafting of the final audit report. Past responsibilities consisted of the preparation of monthly compilations for small and medium sized business clients, in-house bookkeeping, office manager, staff accountant on a variety of audits, computer systems design, implementing automated accounting systems for clients, and preparation of federal, state, individual, corporate and nonprofit tax returns. Experience with Native American/ Non-Profit Organization.

Mr. Sloan has experience with Tribal enterprises, Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations and a variety of small businesses. In addition to auditing experience, he has management advisory experience in the areas of operational planning, business computer system design and implementation, and accounting systems and procedures development. Mr. Sloan has experience serving Native American organizations, which includes supervising senior level responsibility for all Sloan & Company clients. He has also performed the responsibilities of the senior in-charge for the compliance audits of the Navajo Nation Tribal Government and its Tribal Enterprises, numerous tribal housing authorities, and various other Tribal enterprises.  Mr. Sloan received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of New Mexico

Fulton L. Arrington

Fulton L. Arrington

Board / U.S.Consultant

Fulton L. Arrington is a Mixed blood Cherokee who’s family is from the Wills Town district, and from the Lookout Mountain area, now residing in the Mountain Town district of Ellijay, Ga.

Fulton’s education was spearheaded by his father, who strongly believed in both the power of family and the strength of history.  As a young man, Fulton traveled throughout the southwestern United States, observing native culture and traditions.   Mr. Arrington worked tirelessly to help set up schools and opportunities on several reservations.   This was paramount in shaping Fulton’s worldview that indigenous societies are often misunderstood—to combat this injustice, many years have been spent in studying the customs and history of native life and ceremonies. As a speaker on issues facing native peoples today, Fulton has stood with many of his fellow brothers and sisters and spoke out on the injustice facing the peoples today.

In the 1990s, Fulton became involved with the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and several other groups dedicated to the rights of minorities in the United States.   His lifelong dedication to his beloved Cherokee people has led to interviews, mentor-ships, and working with several indigenous groups—the Friends of New Echota and the Talking Rock Cherokee Memorial Trust Fund.  He has also worked hard in promoting Native American Indian events—bringing powwows to his hometown of Ellijay is high on his list of proud accomplishments.

Fulton is also an ordained minister who lives the Cherokee beliefs that he has spent his life in dedication.  The White path is one of balance and truth.

Cindi Quay

Cindi Quay

Board / Consultant

Cindi Quay, Traditional Herbalist and a descendent  of the Menominee Nation and Founder of Cindi’s Sacred Garden, has been practicing her respected Native American Traditions with our plant nation for most her life. Opening herself to being a Student with Nature, Cindi has learned “hands on” to identify many herbs during all growing seasons and has traveled around the USA to indentify many different healing plants for over 30 years.  Cindi went into business full-time in 1997 and has included organic and natural mind/body/mind products through her gifted knowledge.

Cindi an instructor teaches many groups about herbs, growing, connecting and to healing oneself through our plant nation. She has deep knowledge of not only the plant ally’s but of other healing modalities that can be incorporated into daily healing and deeper understanding of our vital connection to Earth Mother. Cindi teaches with Native American Spiritual groups, Indigenous Tribes, Woman Gatherings, Holistic Practitioner’s, Garden Clubs, Plant Savers group and school groups.

  • Herbal Plant Teacher, New Echota State Park, GA “Take a Walk With Cindi”
  • Herbal & Woman’s Health Educator, Unity Gathering, Dover NY
  • Spirit Plant Walk, Southeast Wise Woman Conf. Black Mountain, NC
  • Board Member of Indigenous Woman’s Knowledge ~Advisor
  • Cultural Exchange & Education, Charleston, SC
  • Instructor of Herbal Studies & plant identification, USA/Turtle Island
  • Spiritual Intuitive Native Healer

Cindi maintains her deep connection with her Native Nation, learning and sharing with Medicine people the plant knowledge that needs to maintain oral traditions.

You can find more information at: www.cindissacredgarden.com or stop in on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cindissacredgarden

Elaine W. Watkins

Elaine W. Watkins

Board / Public Relations

Elaine Watkins currently serves as the Executive Director for the Prater’s Mill Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization which operates a valued historic site in Northwest Georgia. With over 25 years of business experience, she is well versed in many issues. She has worked most recently in the Tourism industry, previously serving as deputy director for the Dalton Convention & Visitors Bureau, and as the manager of an information center for the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

She attended Dalton State College, and is a graduate of STS Marketing College at North Georgia University, Leadership Dalton-Whitfield, and Leadership Catoosa.  Her civic duties include volunteering with various groups including the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Northwest Georgia Travel Association.  She is actively involved with Friends of New Echota, an organization which helps to run a significant Cherokee Indian site in the Calhoun area, where she has served as President, Secretary, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Elaine is a lifelong resident of Dalton, Georgia. She and her husband of over 28 years, Brent, are the parents of two grown daughters, Jennifer and Jessica. They have one grandson, Michael, who is the light of their lives.