News and Headlines - May 2013

May 30, 2013
Pow Wow Notice to the Chippewa Cree Tribal Community Members
Our Annual Pow-wow/Celebration is quickly approaching. The dates for the Pow-wow this year are August 2-4, 2013, starting at 6 pm on that Friday. The youth powwow is tentatively scheduled for August 1, 2013, Thursday. Many of our relatives and friends utilize this time to honor one another through special contests, giveaways, honor songs and feeds. We would appreciate from our community and all of those who plan on having such activities during the powwow, a short notification as to what type of activity you would like on the poster this year. The deadline for this is June 6, 2013. Thank you to those of you who have already notified us of your special during the powwow, it will be on the powwow poster, which will be out shortly. Smaller preliminary flyers will be released previous to the official powwow poster.
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May 29, 2013
Tribal Water Resources Department Gathering Data for Grant Application
The Tribal Water Resources Department is in the process of gathering data for an Environmental Regulatory Enhancement grant to develop and enforce processes to protect the environmental ecosystem on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

Tribal Water Resources is asking for public input in gathering this data via an online survey. Public input is very important and is greatly appreciated. To take this brief two question survey, please
CLICK HERE

May 29, 2013
5th Annual Chippewa Cree Tribe Natural Resources Fishing Derby
The Chippewa Cree Tribe Natural Resources Department is holding it's annual fishing derby on Sunday June 16, 2013 at Browns Resevoir in Box Elder.

The Derby is scheduled to begin at 10:00AM and end at 3:00PM. Registration for the event begins at 9:00AM on the day of the derby.

For more information
CLICK HERE


Schmidt
May 29, 2013
Homebuyers Info Meeting
The Chippewa Cree Housing Authority will be hosting a Homebuyers Informational Meeting on Thursday May 30, 2013 at 1:00PM. The meeting will be held in the Chippewa Cree Housing Authority Conference Room, 75 Laredo Road, Rocky Boy's Agency.

Wells Fargo's Nate Schmidt a Home Mortgage Consultant specializing in Native American Lending will be on hand to provide information and advice on the home buying process and the Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program in particular. Nate will also hold informal one on one discussions with the public starting at 9:00AM

The Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program is a home mortgage specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native families, Alaska Villages, Tribes, or Tribally Designated Housing Entities. Section 184 loans can be used, both on and off native lands, for new construction, rehabilitation, purchase of an existing home, or refinance.

Because of the unique status of Indian lands being held in Trust, Native American homeownership has historically been an underserved market. Working with an expanding network of private sector and tribal partners, the Section 184 Program endeavors to increase access to capital for Native Americans and provide private funding opportunities for tribal housing agencies with the Section 184 Program.

To help increase Native access to financing, the Office of Loan Guarantee within HUD’s Office of Native American Programs, guarantees the Section 184 home mortgage loans made to Native Borrowers. By guaranteeing these loans 100%, we encourage Lenders to serve the Native Communities. This increases the marketability and value of the Native assets and strengthens the financial standing of Native Communities.

Section 184 is synonymous with home ownership in Indian Country. As of 2010, the Section 184 program has guaranteed over 12,000 loans (almost $2 billion dollars in guaranteed funds) to individuals, Tribes, and TDHEs.

For more information contact Thela Billy at 395-4370.

To read more on the Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program
CLICK HERE

May 28, 2013
Chippewa Cree Business Committee Requesting
Input for Next Community Discussion

The Chippewa Cree Tribe Business Committee is planning its next, yet to be scheduled community discussion. The topic for the discussion will be "Tribal Debt and the State of our Finances".

We are currently soliciting questions and input from tribal members. Please limit your questions/input to the above stated topic. You can submit your questions by CLICKING HERE


May 28, 2013
University of Great Falls Recruits Stars
The University of Great Falls has recruited three Stars to join their athletic teams this fall. The Stars will become Argos and change their colors from maroon and gold to sky blue and yellow as they compete in the arena and on the courts.

Jerod Coffee will be joining the Argos rodeo team. Jestina Good-voice will be on the volleyball court, and also playing for the Lady Argos will be Leigha Onco on the basketball team.

We congratulate our Stars on their hard work and dedication both academically and athletically.


May 28, 2013
Five Rocky Boy High School Seniors Awarded Pathways Scholarships

Five Rocky Boy High School seniors have been awarded Pathways scholarships.
The Pathways Scholarship helps provide academically prepared students from GEAR UP participating high schools financial assistance to help access post secondary education. The scholarship is awarded to recipients of the Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant who meet the eligibility requirements and apply during their senior year of high school. The scholarship’s maximum value is $22,540 which is disbursed in annual awards of $5,635 or less. The scholarship may be used at any public or private 2 or 4 year accredited institution in the United States.

This year’s Rocky Boy recipients are Tyann Watson, Tia Watson, Mark Jarvey, Jestina Good Voice, and Casandra Lamas.

Congratulations to our five outstanding Stars who are taking home more than $110,000 in Pathways scholarship money!


May 26, 2013
Plain Green, LLC and First American Capital Resources, LLC Launch New Website

Plain Green, LLC and FACR, LLC has launched its new website: www.tribalinsider.com. The new website is about educating and reaching out to Chippewa Cree tribal members and the public at large.

The website was created to help keep tribal members informed about the business practices, people, and activities in the online lending operations of the Chippewa Cree Tribe. The welcoming message states "We can all be proud of the opportunity we have created. Let’s share the facts about our work and what it means for our community, as well as the financial management and investment strategy associated with these businesses."

The site reflects the thinking and efforts of the Plain Green and FACR Team, as well as their commitment to being open and accessible to the members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe and general public.

May 25, 2013
Rocky Boy Head Start Graduation Today at 10:00 AM
Rocky Boy Head Start will hold graduation ceremonies today at 10:00 a.m. in The Galaxy at the Rocky Boy High School. Every student will recieve a bicycle again this year during graduation ceremonies. Each year the funds to purchase the bicycles is made possible through a community wide fund drive and donations. The parents, children and staff of Rocky Boy Head Start would like to thank all of those who donated.

Congratulations kids, today is your first step on the road to success.


May 24, 2013
Rocky Boy School's Newsletter: Graduation Edition
This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian are a duo that’s hard to beat. Taking top honors this year is Tia Watson. Her twin, Tyann is a close second and will represent Rocky Boy as salutatorian. These two students are the daughters of Tyran and Ivy Watson. Ty retired from teaching last year but has returned to the school as the NACP coordinator. The twins will be separated next fall as Tia will attend MSU-Bozeman and Tyann will be attending UofM in Missoula. Good luck to you both!l READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER HERE

May 23, 2013
Chippewa Cree Housing Authority Releases 2012 Audit
The Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee shall provide and make available to all Tribally enrolled members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, all relevant documentation and other media involving business and financial matters as it pertains to the business and finances of the Chippewa Cree Tribe.

The Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee will maintain clear and open communications, accountability and transparency with the members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe and will provide relevant documentation in multiple media formats. All relevant media will be disseminated and distributed to as many outlets as are available.

This policy will be updated and amended as is necessary to maintain stated policy.

In keeping with this policy, the Chippewa Cree Housing Authority has released the Financial and Compliance Audit report for the year 2013.
CLICK HERE TO READ REPORT

May 22, 2013
Bureau of Reclamation lifts temporary hold on
Rocky Boy water pipeline project
The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has lifted their temporary hold on funding for the Rocky Boy Northcentral Montana Regional Water System Project.

A BOR
spokesman said Wednesday the agency is satisfied Chippewa Cree tribal officials are addressing the problems identified in March. Read More

May 21, 2013
Stone Child College President to Step Down
Melody Henry has informed the Board of Directors of Stone Child College that she plans to resign from her post as President of the Tribe’s college. Mrs. Henry cites her reason for leaving is to focus on her family. “My decision to leave SCC was very difficult and thought out for the past year.” Mrs. Henry said. She added “Back in November I spoke with our Board chair Ted Whitford about my decision to leave the college. He and the board have been very supportive.”
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May 21, 2013
Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee
Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Tribe's Elders
The Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee hosted the first in a planned series of roundtable discussions aimed at gaining feedback, insights, ideas and suggestions from members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe. The Business Committee held the roundtable on Friday May 17, 2013 at the Stone Child College Vo-Tech Center where the communities elders were invited to participate. CLICK HERE

May 21, 2013
Rocky Boy North Central Montana Regional Water System Project
Conducts Meeting in Rocky Boy
Representatives from various agencies and organizations gathered for a regular meeting to exchange updates on the Rocky Boy Northcentral Montana Regional Water System Project (RBNCMRWP). Recently appointed Chippewa Cree Construction Corporation board members, Harlan Baker, Joe Lafromboise and Donovan Stump were introduced to the Regional team. CLICK HERE

May 21, 2013
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION: President
LOCATION: Stone Child College
SALARY: Negotiable/benefits
OPENS: May 15, 2013
CLOSES: June 21, 2013
To view and download full job listing
CLICK HERE

May 21, 2013
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSITION: Chief Judge
BRANCH: Judicial

LOCATION: Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, Montana
SALARY: Negotiable Salary (Not to Exceed Budget Cap for Position)
OPENS: April 8, 2013
CLOSES: Open until filled

POSITION: Issuing Clerk
LOCATION: Commodity Warehouse
SALARY: DOE; not to exceed cap
OPENS: April 30, 2013
CLOSES: Open until filled

POSITION: Maintenance Technician Assistant
LOCATION: Chippewa Cree Tribal Office/Central Services Maintenance Department
SALARY: Minimum of $10.00/HR. DOE
OPENS: April 29, 2013
CLOSES: Open until filled

To view and download full job listing CLICK HERE



Alexander
May 21, 2013
Authorities still seeking public's help in finding missing Rocky Boy's man
Authorities are asking the public for tips in locating a 57-year-old Rocky Boy's Reservation man who has been missing for more than four weeks.

Robert Grant Alexander was last seen at about 9 a.m. April 27 by a rancher at the Sheehy ranch south of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, said Steve Corcoran, a criminal investigator for Chippewa Cree Law Enforcement Services. He was driving a vehicle at the time, Corcoran said.

Robert Alexander is 5 feet, 9 inches tall with brown hair and eyes and weighs 190 pounds. He wears glasses and has a surgical scar on his back. He has a tattoo of a knife on his left forearm. Anyone with information that may lead to his whereabouts is asked to call Chippewa Cree Law Enforcement Services at 406-395-4513.

May 21, 2013
Box Elder's Jonni Rose Bacon Awarded First Ever
Dr. Robert J. Swan Memorial Scholarship

During graduation ceremonies held Saturday May 18th Jonni Rose Bacon, daughter of Emery and Darla Bacon, received the first ever Dr. Robert J. Swan Memorial Scholarship valued at $750.00.

In Jonni's essay she submitted for the scholarship, she indicated that she would be a first generation college student. During the presentation of the scholarship, James Swan, CEO of RJS & Associates Inc., noted that Dr. Swan, was a first generation college student and he
provided a great model for his children and his many cousins, nieces, and nephews to put a high value on education. "Perhaps you can follow Bob’s lead and inspire members of your own family to follow in your footsteps" James said.

Jonni will be attending MSU Bozeman in the fall where she will be studying Chemistry and Pre-Med. The irony wasn't lost on James Swan as he stated "The only drawback is that you are planning on attending MSU-Bozeman. I’m sure that Bob is looking down upon us right now noting the irony that the first recipient of his scholarship will be a Bobcat. Go Griz!!".

Jonni also received a $22,000.00 Pathways Scholarship, $1,500.00 GEAR UP Scholarship, $8,000.00 Governors Merit Scholarship, $1,500.00 MSU Bozeman Scholarship, $1,000.00 Faechner Scholarship and $300.00 Box Elder Education Association Scholarship
.
Quite impressive, Congratulations Jonni and best of luck in the future.

May 20, 2013
Sally Jewell, New Interior Secretary in for a Wild Ride with Indian Country
...Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) told Jewell that he understands her plight. “[There is] one finger pointing at you, and three fingers pointing back at Congress,” he said regarding his desire for her to press for more water project funding for Indian country. “You’ve got to fight…if there is a plan, I think we can get it done.” READ MORE

May 20, 2013
Lack of Financial Commitment from Congress Hinders Northcentral Montana Pipleline
During dry months on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation it is common for people to turn on their kitchen faucets and find that nothing comes out.
When the water does flow there are daily concerns about dissolved salts and nitrates that leach into the shallow wells from which it comes.
READ MORE
May 19, 2013
Rocky Boy Newsletter Now Available Online

After a brief absence, the Rocky Boy Tribal Newsletter is back. The online version is available now, click the link below to read. The hardcopy will be delivered to distribution outlets on Tuesday, May 21st. Look for it at Gramma's Market, Rocky Boy Clinic, Mary's Market, Jitterbugs, Gary and Leos IGA and Creative Leisure in Havre.
RBTN MAY 2013

May 19, 2013
Election Board Votes to Temporarily Stay the Special Election

On Friday morning, May 17, 2013, the Chippewa Cree Election Board voted unanimously to temporarily stay the election currently scheduled for Tuesday May 21, 2013. A complaint was filed in tribal court questioning the validity of the 1966 Ordinance. The Election Board is entrusted with assuring that the election process is fairly administered for the Tribe as a whole. The Election Board has deemed additional time is required to ensure that the decision as to qualifications of candidates is constitutionally valid.

The Tribe will no longer be accepting absentee ballots, and absentee ballots which have already been received will be destroyed.


May 19, 2013
Chippewa Cree Classic June 6 - 8, 2013
Montana's Largest Open Youth Basketball Tournament
Teams from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington. Prizes for 1st through 4th Place. MVP’s, Mr. & Ms. Hustle, Sportsmanship, All-Stars Selections
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

May 18, 2013
Upcoming Area Graduations
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:00PM - Box Elder Junior High School, Box Elder High Gymnasium
Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:00PM - Rocky Boy High School, The Galaxy, Rocky Boy High School
Thirty-two graduates will receive diplomas. Tia Watson is the valedictorian and her twin sister, Tyann Watson, is salutatorian.
Friday May 24, 2013, 3:00PM - Rocky Boy Junior High School, The Galaxy, Rocky Boy High School
Saturday May 25, 10:00AM - Rocky Boy Head Start, The Galaxy, Rocky Boy High School


May 16, 2013
Lil' Native Hoops Basketball Tourney May 25th & 26th

The Lil' Native Hoops Co-Ed 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for May 25 - 26, 2013 at the Family Resources Gymnasium. For more information CLICK HERE

May 15, 2013
Chippewa Cree Tribe Proposes Constitutional Amendment
to Enrollment Criteria

The Chippewa Cree Business Committee has voted to call for a Bureau of Indian Affairs-administered Secretarial Election on a proposed constitutional amendment to the enrollment criteria.
This important issue will be put to a vote of the membership of the Chippewa Cree Tribe at an unscheduled future date.
The Secretarial Election is administered by the BIA, not the Chippewa Cree Business Committee and and is conducted by a secretarial election board composed of the local BIA official or designated representative acting as chairperson, and at least two representatives appointed by the Business Committee. Read More



May 14, 2013
Is the Havre Daily News Biased when it comes to
Reporting on the Rocky Boy's Reservation?

Read the following opinion piece published in the Havre Daily News and let us know if you believe the Havre Daily News is biased when it comes to covering news and events, and publishing opinions in regards to the Rocky Boy's Reservation. Let us know what you think, we would really like to hear from you . READ MORE


Corcoran
May 14, 2013
Michael "Big Mike" Corcoran Withdraws from Special Election
Michael "Big Mike" Corcoran announced today that he is withdrawing his name from the special election, "I feel I could better serve you, the people, from here at KHEW, we are making new and exciting moves here, and I want to be a part of it" he stated. Michael also said "I also hope that the tribe keeps moving forward with this transparency movement, I am the right man for the job to make sure that information gets to you." Michael went on to say "I would like to thank my friends, family, and supporters that I have met for the positive words. I am by all means a positive person and I hope that we can come together as a tribe, that we can unite for the common good and rise together as a people." The Special Election is now down to five candidates: Richard "Ricky" Morsette, State Senator Jonathan Windy Boy (D) Havre, Luanne Belcourt, Curtis A. "Bubba" Monteau Jr., and Bert Corcoran. The election is slated for Tuesday May 21, 2013 starting at 8:00 am in the Old Stone Child College Gymnasium.

Ken (Blatt) St. Marks Disqualified from Special Election
On May 7, 2013 the Chippewa Cree Tribal Election Board received a written protest challenging Mr. Ken (Blatt) St. Marks' qualifications for candidacy. The written protest called into question his recent constitutional removal for neglect of duty form the office of Chairmanship on March 25, 2013 for employee harassment, including sexual harrassment, financial misconduct, unauthorized expenditures and illegal employment practices.

Ordinance No. 2-66, section 10 (d) provides that "any person who has within two years preceeding the election been removed from the Business Committtee for neglect of duty, is deemed as being not qualified."

After thoroughly reviewing applicable law the Election Board rendered a decision to deem Mr. Ken St. Marks ineligible for candidacy for the Special Election for Chairmanship to be held on May 21, 2013. The decision rendered is final. The Election Ordinance No. 1-89, Article VII, Section 1(c) provides that "the TRIBAL ELECTION BOARD shall have full authority to determine the validity of qualifications and procedures of all appeals.
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The Chippewa Cree Tribe and Bureau of Reclamation’s Great Plains Region take steps to combat false reports
Box Elder, Mont. - Chippewa Cree Tribal leaders and managers from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Great Plains Regional Office discussed the continuing progress of the Rocky Boy North Central Montana Regional Water Project during a regularly scheduled conference call last week. Also discussed, were the firestorm of negative public comments that followed an accusatory news article released by the Associated Press. READ MORE

Rocky Boy and Box Elder School Board Election Results
The Rocky Boy and Box Elder School Districts held elections for School Board Trustees on Tuesday May 7, 2013. The candidates for the Rocky Boy School Board were: Teddy Russette III, Matthew Denny and Wilma Tyner. Voters elected Wilma Tyner. The candidates for the Box Elder School Board were: Mary Louise Rosette and Duane Gopher. Voters elected Mary Louise Rosette.

5 charged with pocketing federal stimulus aid meant for Chippewa Cree Tribe
A Chippewa Cree tribal leader, a former state lawmaker and three others used a fake billing system and a shell company to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus aid meant for the Montana tribe, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. READ MORE

Chippewa Cree Tribe responds to charges against Chippewa Cree tribal leader
The Chippewa Cree Tribal government is aware of the indictments unsealed today in federal court in Great Falls, Montana. While those charged must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, we have moved to suspend without pay, all parties involved in these incidents. We have met with and/or had discussions with the federal agencies involved and are undertaking structural changes in our government and contracting procedures that will prevent any potential indiscretions.

We ask for the support of the public, our tribal members and other government officials as we work through this difficult time in our Tribe's history. The Chippewa Cree Tribal government is taking all necessary actions to ensure total compliance with accepted accounting and procurement standards within all tribal departments and we, together with our federal partners, are investigating all claims of financial improprieties. We are committed to protecting the integrity of the Chippewa Cree Tribal government while helping to build a stronger, safer, environment for all community members. Community concerns are valid and will continue to be addressed as we progress forward. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time and the community can rest assured that our Tribal government will do whatever it takes to implement the best possible financial policies. We will also listen to and act on community needs and concerns. Considering the unfortunate circumstances we believe that the Rocky Boy community will continue to thrive, and in the long run, will come out stronger.

Like our ancestors, we will persevere.

Rick Morsette, Interim Chairman
Ted Whitford, Vice Chairman
Harlan Baker, Business Committee Member
Gerald Small, Business Committee Member
Dustin Whitford, Business Committee Member
Ted Russette, Business Committee Member
Ted Demontiney, Business Committee Member
Members of Chippewa Cree Tribal Council
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