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 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.
Bethany works for the Lame Deer School District as the Payroll Director and Federal Programs Director. Bethany has managed payroll for over 130 district employees for over five years before taking on the role of Federal Programs Director. She oversees the use of federal funds for the schools, as well as applying for and monitoring new grants. Bethany has spent much of her career in the financial field, previously working for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe as the Payroll Specialist and an Accountant. Bethany earned her Associate of Arts degree from Chief Dull Knife College before obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Rocky Mountain College. Bethany was born and raised in the Busby community, graduating as the Valedictorian of her graduating class. She is the mother to five wonderful children and a grandmother to two even more wonderful grandkids. Bethany, an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne, is a direct descendent of Chief Black Kettle of the Southern Cheyenne. Bethany has been an assistant basketball coach for the Lame Deer Lady Morning Stars for five years and enjoys running, camping, shopping, cooking, and reading in her free time. She loves her Cheyenne community and is always looking for ways to contribute and give back to the reservation.
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.
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.
BARBARA BRAIDED HAIR
Founding Member and Board Chairperson
People's Partner for Community Development would not be where it is today without Barbara Braided Hair. Barbara was a founding member 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.