RaeLynn A. Butler is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is trained as a Botanist, specializing in weed science and her graduate research focused on sustainable agricultural practices and organic weed management in vegetable crops. She started her career as an adjunct professor and taught various Biology related courses at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., and Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Okla., before she became the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for her tribe.
She currently serves as the Manager of the Historic and Cultural Preservation Department at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and oversees the tribe’s efforts to protect their sacred places and traditional cultural properties in the southeast under federal cultural preservation laws.
She graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science in 2009 and from Purdue University with a Master of Science degree in Agriculture in 2012.