Our Management Team

Joseph LaPorte

Founder and CEO


Joseph LaPorte is the Founder and CEO of a Certified Native American owned, 8a consulting firm. Steel Buffalo is a 100% Native American-owned company, specializing in business affairs regarding Tribal Nations, State & Local, and Federal Government with policy process, planning, and procedures.


Mr. LaPorte is the former Senior Tribal Advisor to the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment and the Chair of the Indian Country Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also a member of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board and Chair of its Tribal Task Force, as well as several other states, local, and national committees.


Mr. LaPorte joined the office of the PM-ISE in September 2010 after serving a detail to the National Counter Terrorism Center representing all of Indian Country. Before his federal service, Mr. LaPorte started his law enforcement career in 1973 and served as Director of Public Safety at the Little River band of Ottawa Department of Public Safety in Michigan, and he currently serves as a Tribal elected Justice.