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Name: Gerald Gray
Position: Candidate for Little Shell Tribal Chairman
I was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, MT and graduated from, Sprague
high school in Salem Oregon. Later I started college at the University of Montana in.
Missoula then took some time off to work for my uncle in Great Falls in the construction
field, then I decided to finish my college career. I attended Western Montana College in
Dillon, Montana where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.
After receiving my college degree I went on to teach school for three (3) years in Box
Elder, Montana. I then decided to go into the Adverting, Marketing and Public Relations
Business with my brother. This private business venture took me to Albuquerque, NM
where I resided for Six and a half (6 1/2) years. During this time I worked as a skilled
strategist responsible for researching, planning, negotiating, tracking, and executing
media plans; many of which in Indian Country.
My Vision for the Little Shell Tribe: Targeting areas of highest need and provide
needed services to the people; developing, creating, implementing and supporting
programs that are structured to meet the needs of the people; establishing short and long-term
program and financial priorities for the Tribe; working to secure new programs for
our people; working to create job opportunities for tribal members; working
cooperatively with the Indian Health Service to ensure improved health care services for
our people and children; researching county, state and federal agencies that may provide
grant funding to the Tribe; writing and submitting proposals to various agencies in an
effort to secure new programs and business opportunities for our people; developing a
Tribal Council Code of Ethics and position descriptions; working diligently to get the
entire Tribal Council to work together as a TEAM; providing effective leadership and
direction through cooperation and Team-Work with the Tribal Council; and always
seeking input from Tribal members into Tribal affairs and always being willing to listen
to our people and voting for that the majority of what the Little Shell people want. And
most important, at this time in the history of our Tribe, I am definitely committed
researching and being well prepared to provide the U.S. Congress all of the information
they need and want to help obtain Federal Recognition for us. I believe, as Tribal
Council, we all need to be prepared to give testimony to Congress when called upon. This
means we need to be prepared now and not wait until the date we are called on to go and
provide testimony to Congress.
Thank you for your vote on November 10, 2012
September 20, 2012
LST Election Committee
PO Box 6373
Great Falls, MT 59406
Application: Second Vice-President
Enrollment Number: 87 LS 1722
Fee $35.00 enclosed
My name is Leona (Doney) Kienenberger an enrolled member of the Little Shell Band of
Chippewa Indians of Montana and I am running for Second Vice-President on the Little
Shell Tribal Council. I have held this position for the last four years and would like to
continue in this capacity. I live in Dodson and am retired from the Harlem School District
after 26 years teaching high school English. Joseph Dusume was my great uncle and my
mother was Clara (Plummer) Doney and father was John (Diggen) Doney.
I have been involved with the plight of the Little Shell recognition process for many
years and would like to keep on being involved as a Council member to witness the
actual culmination of our federal recognition which would give our people the needed
health, housing and education opportunities. Of late, I have been working on getting
back our tax free status that will give us more opportunities for grants and projects for our
PO Box 168
Dodson, MT. 59524
Clarence (Clancy) Sivertsen
Belt, MT 59412
September 27, 2012
Little Shell Election Committee
Little Shell Tribe
625 Central Ave W Suite 101
Great Falls, Mt 59404
I am going to run for the First Vice Chairman position on the Little Shell Tribal Council
I am presently a council member and have been for two terms. I have worked on several
committees and was appointed to the Governor’s ICED Committee, representing the
Little Shell Tribe.
While on the Little Shell council we have made great progress in getting the Little Shell
Tribe in good standing with the state of Montana and our congressional delegation. We
have pushed hard to get Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe.
As a member of the Little Shell Tribal council, I will continue to fight for the federal and
recognition for the Little Shell people.
Thanks to all who have supported us as the Little Shell Tribal council.
Clarence ‘Clancy’ Sivertsen
LOUELLA FREDRICKSEN FOR UTILE SHELL TRIBAL COUNCIL
I am announcing that I would like to run for the position of Secretary/Treasurer in the Nov. 10, 2012
Little Shell Tribal Council Elections.
This is my past history with the Little Shell Tribe:
• Worked on a grant from Native American Rights Fund to set up the database of the enrollment
of Little Shell Members.
• This database was then sent to the Office of Federal Acknowledgement for our Federal
• Worked in the Enrollment Office from 1998-2006
• Was on the Election Committee in 2003 that settled a disputed election
• Was elected to the Tribal Council in 2006
• Elected again in 2012 to fill the vacancy when Council Member Alvina Allen passed away.
• Worked in the Enrollment Office from 2010 to 2012.
• After being elected to the Tribal Council, I stepped down from the Enrollment Office position.
• Volunteered and participated in activities of the Little Shell Tribes Tobacco Abuse Program.
• Was on the Pow Wow Committee that held our first Little Shell Pow Wow over Labor Day
My goals would be:
• To see the Tribe obtain their way overdue Federal Recognition and would work for that to
happen. With Federal Recognition, we will then be able to have Health Care, Education and
Housing for our Tribal Members.
• I would like to have the Little Shell Tribal Council meetings held in different cities around the
state so the members that cannot travel to Great Falls will be able to attend some meetings.
, • I would like to have the Area Representatives in place again. They can then get Little Shell
information out to members in the different areas.
Please consider me when you cast your vote on Nov. 10th. I would consider it an honor to serve on the
Little Shell Tribal Council again. I will listen to and help our members whenever and however I can.
I would appreciate your support and your vote on November 10, 2012
Joel Wayne Overton
I am running for one of the Council Seats in the upcoming election.
I am a Little Shell Tribal Member. I was born in Great Falls, MT on January th, 1956.
attended Great Falls High School and graduated in 1974. I worked for Helena School
Dist #1 for 23 years. I received an Associates of Arts Degree – Business Technologies
from HCT- U of M Helena 2006. I graduated with honors within this degree. In 2006 my
business class team was invited to participate in the Seventeenth Annual John Ruffatto
Business Plan Competition at University of Montana in Missoula MT. The business plan
was a semi finalist in the competition.
I am married and have two daughters and 3 grandchildren. I currently reside in the
Helena Valley. In September, 2012 I was a Pow Wow Committee Member for the 1st
Annual Little Shell Pow Wow.
I am interested in becoming a council member because I saw the value in being part of
a network of leaders. Now, I am confident that with my qualifications I will be a strong
team member capable of overseeing a project from start to finish. I have strong
communication and presentation skills, training in computer technologies, and good
work ethic. I understand the need for building a good rapport and maintaining good
working relationships with others in the community. It is my desire to aid in creating a
legacy for our future generations.
I would like your support and vote in this upcoming election. Thank you.
September 28, 2012
To the Honorable Chairperson, of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribal Election
I wish to run for one of the Council Seats in the upcoming election.
This letter of intent confirms my commitment and desire to run for the Little Shell
Chippewa Tribal Council. I am aware that the deadline for this Letter of Intent is
September 28, 2012. Please find enclosed a check for the $35.00 election fee.
I am a Little Shell Tribal Member and my Enrollment Number is 87LS2374. I was
born in Great Falls, MT on January 7th, 1956. I attended Great Falls High School
and graduated in 197 4. I worked for Helena School Dist #1 for 23 years. I
graduated with an Associate Degree from HCT-U of M Helena 2006 .. The
courses I studied gave me a Degree in Assoc of Arts- Business Technologies I
graduated with honors within the degree. In 2006 my team was invited to
participate in the Seventeenth Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition
at University of Montana. The business plan was a semi finalist.
I am interested in becoming a council member because I saw the value in being
part of a network of leaders. Now, I am confident that with my qualifications I will
be a strong team member capable of overseeing a project from start to finish. I
have strong communication and presentation skills, training in computer
technologies, and good work ethic. I understand the need for building a good
rapport and maintaining good working relationships with others in the community.
It is my desire to aid in creating a legacy for our future generations.
If there are any questions regarding my letter of intent, please do not hesitate to
contact me by phone (406) 459-0638.
Joel Wayne Overton
700 Tenneson Road
Helena, MT 59602
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LITTLE SHELL TRIBAL MEMBERS:
My name is Richard D. Parenteau and I am married with one daughter whose name
is Sage Parenteau. I went to college at MSU Billings and graduated in 2000 with a
Degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Native American Studies. I have recently
retired from the military (Army 21 years) and am currently a delivery driver for
Fed Ex Ground here in Great Falls.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Tribal Council for the Little Shell
the past 2 years. We have come a long way under John Gilbert’s administration in
terms of what has been accomplished since the ruling by the 3 judges in the
leadership dispute that was handed down in December 2011. I am proud to be a
part of this team that serves our people in that we have a new professional tribal
office and that we are now operating the Tobacco program and have employees in
both the office and enrollment positions.
It would be an honor to continue to serve the Little Shell for another two years on
the Council. This past year we continued our Round Dance that is now in its 5th
year here in Great Falls. The next Round Dance will be on Memorial Day weekend
in May. In addition, it was a privilege to serve on the Pow Wow committee in
bringing Little Shell’s 1st ever outdoor Traditional Pow Wow to the Great Falls
fairgrounds this past Labor Day weekend. We also are continuing to work on a
language program to reintroduce to our people. I will keep on working on our
cultural programs along with our recognition efforts alongside our new council if
selected to serve again.
I would appreciate your vote this fall and it is an honor to run for the Council
position for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana. I would like to thank you
in advance for your consideration in this upcoming election.
Richard D. Parenteau
Colleen R Hill
PO Box 55
Black Eagle, MT 59414
Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana 2012 Election
For the upcoming Tribal election in November 2012, I would like to run for Councilwoman.
I have been involved with the tribe off and on for 20 years, helping where I could or was asked.
Since March 2012, I have taken on the accounting for the Tribe. It is a very time consuming job,
but something I enjoy.
My goals as being a Councilwoman:
1) Work towards getting our Federal Recognition.
2) Get our financing all in order and apply checks and balances and a budget to keep us on
3) Work to get our 501(c)3 back in active status.
4) Work to put policies in order so anyone involved knows what is expected and create
5) Have open meetings, find a way to better keep our people informed and involved.
6) Educate our people on all aspects that will help to improve their lives.
There is a lot of work to be done from past issues. I have been working diligently on going
through boxes and auditing past financials. Not only to re-organize and put things back in
proper order, but for reports for our 501.
I am very organized, business minded and self motivated. I think I would be a benefit to the
Council and the Tribe. We have a lot to accomplish in the coming months, but I feel we will
complete it and have the Tribe back on track. Which in the end will help unite the Tribe and
bring more of our people together for a better future.
If i am elected, I am committed to reaching all the goals put forth by the Council and the Tribe.
All that we do should be in the best interest of the Tribe and nothing else.
Donald L Davis Bio
Name: Donald L Davis
Date of Birth: November 13, 1956
Grandparents: Jack 0. Davis and Betty June Davis (Enger)
Alexzine M. Davis (LaRoque) & Owen J. Davis
LITTLE SHELL ENROLLMENT NUMBER:
Position: Council Member
Donald L Davis was born in Livingston, MT. He grew up in Great Falls and Helena. Don has two
children, Colter Davis and Ashley Davis. Don remarried December 1, 2011 to Lynda Davis.
Don is the owner of Double Stud Construction, Inc. located in Helena, MT. Prior to founding his
company, Don Davis worked in the residential construction business for other companies as a heavy
equipment operator. He was also a professional truck driver and a journeyman stone mason. These
combined trade skills afforded him the opportunity to start his own construction company. Double Stud
Construction was incorporated in 1993 in Helena, Montana. Don is proud of his heritage as an
American Native and has in the past and present employed Chippewa Indians of Montana to work on
projects with the company.
During his twenty years, he has seen over $9,000,000 in construction projects. He accommodated
these clients through a well established and expeditious permitting program, strict cost accounting and
supply management, intensive and comprehensive project management. Don’s business practices,
management skills, work ethics and knowing when to invest money for new equipment and tools
contributes to the company’s success.
Don’s experiences in life and business make him a good candidate for Tribal Council. His intentions
have always been to help the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana move forward and be
prosperous so as to help his people. Don is very loyal to his heritage and is proud to be a member.
Double Stud Construction, Inc.
1792 Dry Gulch Drive
Helena, MT 59601
My name is Betty Gardipee Hofeldt. I grew up in Chinook, Montana for most of that time I lived on the North Side srounded by my relatives. I remember attending Little Shell meetings and events with my grandmother. I graduated from chinook High School and then went on to Intermountain Indian School to learn Dental Assisting. Upon completion I worked and lived at Fort Belknap for 5 years. I then moved to Havre and started college. I completed an Associate Degree and then my Bachelors Degree. I have since finished a Degree in Early Childhood. I have worked for the Head Start Program in Havre for the last 31 years and am now starting my 32nd year.
I have three grown sons, two are married with children. I have four beautiful grandchildren who are the light of my life.
I have seen what can happen in other tribes when the good of all the people is not the priority and I do not want to see that happen to our tribe. I will serve all the people if I am elected to this position.
Here is the current ballot ready for printing November Ballot Click the link twice to open it…
Little Shell Tribe Of Chippewa Indians Of Montana (LST) General Election Announcement
From the LST Election Committee, For Immediate Release.
The newly appointed LST Election Committee will be conducting a General Election for all seven (7) Tribal Council positions on Nov 10, 2012.
In accordance with the LST Constitution, an election must be held every two years for the Council Members and every four years for the Executive Officers. Positions to be voted on include the Chairman, Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer, and three council members.
To be an eligible candidate, you must be an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, at least 18 years of age, not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving dishonesty in any Indian, State or Federal Court and must pass a background check. Please forward your application no later than Sept 28, 2012, for the position for which you are running along with a brief bio and $35.00 for the background check to the Election Committee. Absentee ballots can be requested starting on Oct 5th with a return postdate of no later than Nov 10th. Additionally, ballots can be downloaded from the www.litleshelltribe.us, Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Facebook site and by email on Oct 5th, also with a return postdate of no later than Nov 10th.
Members of the Election Committee are as follows: Joe Martinez, 406-799-3486 ; Caroline Fleury, 406-727-9245: Tamra Hayes, 406-227-2282 ; Fran Flesch, 406-788-6194. Our address is as follows: LST Election Committee, P.O. Box 6373, Great Falls, MT 59406.
The Election Committee will be providing further information as needed. Please insure your personal information is up to date with the Little Shell Tribe Enrollment Office, also contact others that may not have home computers of the same. This will help in our efforts to contact as many tribal members as possible so they can also vote.
The enrollment forms are ready to send out, so if you need them or know of someone who needs them please let them know… you can email me and I’ll send you the forms. Thanks Gerald…. email@example.com