Board of Directors

People's Partner for Community Development is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are local and have extensive experience in community and small business development.

Barbara Braided Hair- President/Board Chairperson

Barbara has been the Branch Manager at First Interstate Bank in Lame Deer for more than 16 years and brings invaluable lending and financial management experience to the board. Barbara also acts as the board secretary for the Cheyenne Children's Services, board member for Hopa Mountain, board member of the Leadership Alumni Governance Board, coordinator of the Lippman Schools and Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools collaborative and Fire Corp Member of the Northern Cheyenne Volunteer Fire Department. She is a partner with the local schools/community events in providing financial education courses, mini-banks. She is an Alumni Member of Leadership Montana and was awarded the Alumni Leadership Award in 2014. She is also the former Chairperson of the Northern Cheyenne Development Corporation, former board member of the Native American Development Corporation and the Northern Cheyenne Short Term Credit Committee, and former treasurer of the Muddy District Committee. Ms. Braided Hair, mother of three and grandmother to one, is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe and is fluent in the Northern Cheyenne Language.

June Beartusk

June is a consultant and grant writer with Old Bear & Associates and Evergreen International, Inc., in securing funding for low-income housing projects and the development of “Green Fields at Pablo Project” to meet the needs of food sovereignty in Indian Country.  June previously held a position as the MSPI (Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative) Prevention Specialist for the Northern Cheyenne Board of Health and Coordinator of the Northern Cheyenne War on Meth Community Coalition.  June currently serves as the Chair for the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation-BGCNCN Best Beginnings Early Childhood Community Coalition and also serves as a board member on the Chief Dull Knife College Fund Board.  Mrs. Beartusk, mother of seven (five are enrolled members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe) and a grandmother to four.


Lane Spotted Elk

Bio coming soon


Annette Scalpcane

Annette works for National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center as the Accountant. She brings extensive knowledge about the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court System and lending foreclosure practices from her work as the Clerk of Court, as well as her previous role in the Office of the Prosecution within the Tribe. Prior to her work at NIWRC, Annette was a Staff Accountant for the Central Finance Department of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, primarily working with Federal Grants. Annette received her Associate of Arts Degree from Chief Dull Knife College and attended Rocky Mountain College, studying Business Management. Annette is a traditional artisan and small business owner. Mrs. Scalpcane, the Mother of three and Grandmother of three, is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.

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To provide financial opportunities to stimulate economic development on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation by promoting self-sufficiency, self-determination and an enhanced quality of life for the reservation communities. 

People's Partner is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).  CDFI's are financial institutions that focus on personal lending and business development efforts in local communities. CDFIs can receive federal funding through the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

People's Partner for Community Development

PO Box 955

Lame Deer, MT 59043



406-477-7723 or 7724

Sharon Small, Executive Director

Tommy Robinson, Program Manager

Peggy Fredericks, Community Facilitator

Kurri Harris, Administrative Assistant

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Our office is located at Courtesy Cash, 509 Cheyenne Ave. South in Lame Deer, MT.