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.

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.

President/Chairperson

Lane Spotted Elk

Bio coming soon

Vice-President/Treasurer

Bethany Bullcoming

More to come...

Treasurer

LaDawn Kay Medicine Bull

Ya’at’eeh Shi’ei’ LaDawn Kay Medicine Bull yinishye. Tachii’nii ‘ei nishli Northern Cheyenne ‘ei bashishchiin Ta;neeszahnii ‘ei dashicheii Northern Cheyenne ‘ei dashinali Akot’eego Dine ‘asdzaan nishli.

LaDawn Kay Medicine Bull, (So’aahe’va’e, Thin Hair Woman) is a Home Visitor/Supervisor utilizing the Family Spirit curriculum tailored from John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health at the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, where Kay educates young families, expecting mothers and children ages zero to three years old. This program promotes healthy development and positive lifestyles for themselves and their children. Kay also is a part of the Best Beginnings Early Childhood Community Coalition. Kay has successfully maintained the Best Beginning Early Childhood Community Coalition for five years, working with 22 tribal programs and community partners. The BB Early Childhood Coalition has hosted many events such as, Drug Endangered Children, Adverse Childhood Experiences training and hosted a Human Trafficking presented by the Tumbleweed non-profit organization. Kay also serves as the Board Chair for the Charging Horse Casino Commission. Kay loves supporting her two boys in dancing in the pow wow circuit as well as their competitive middle and high school athletic sports. She enjoys hiking, beading, cooking and baking. And loves to float the Clark Fork River with her two older daughters, where they attend the University of Montana in Missoula, and enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, Hoyaanii. Kay has a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health from Montana State University-Bozeman. 

Secretary

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.

Board Member

Barbara Braided Hair - Founding Member and Board Chairperson

PPCD would not be where it is today without Barbara Braided Hair. Barbara was a founding member of PPCD in 1999 and was an instrumental piece until her passing on July 10, 2019. Although Barbara is not with us any more, the values and teachings continue to flow through PPCD as we continue to serve the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. 

Barbara was the Branch Manager at First Interstate Bank in Lame Deer for more than 16 years and brought invaluable lending and financial management experience to the board. Barbara also acted 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 was a partner with the local schools/community events in providing financial education courses, mini-banks. She was an Alumni Member of Leadership Montana and was awarded the Alumni Leadership Award in 2014. She was 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.

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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

 

Phone:  406-477-7723, 406-477-7724

Sharon Small, Executive Director

Tommy Robinson, Program Manager

Peggy Fredericks, Community Facilitator

Kurri Harris, Loan Administrator

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