Ryan is a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His family is from the Hugo, Oklahoma area. He has worked in the Historic Preservation Department since 2010 and has served as the GIS/GPS Specialist and Director. He now serves as an Archaeological Technician: he works to assist the Choctaw community in protecting and preserving Choctaw sacred and historic sites and assists the community in its efforts to revitalize Choctaw traditional culture and history. In 2017 he received MS in Native American Leadership. He plays for the Choctaw Nation’s Tvshka Homma Stickball Team and lives in Calera, Oklahoma.