Brian Molina, Jr.
Brian Molina, Jr., is the webmaster of the Chippewa Cree Tribe's official website. In addition to being webmaster, Brian also serves as Child Support Director for the Chippewa Cree Tribe.
The Tribal Consumer Protection Bureau (TCPB) has written new rules to help the lending industry for the Chippewa Cree Tribe. In order to provide these new rules, TCPB is required to make their best efforts to make sure all tribal members are able to review them and provide comment. You can view them here.
The calendar for meetings of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee and their Sub-Committees have merged with the master events calendar for the Chippewa Cree Wellness Coalition that coordinates human resource program activities for training, meetings, and community activities. You can find the new Master Calendar here. All meetings are held at the Chippewa Cree Tribal Chambers unless otherwise noted and times are subject to change. For up to date meeting dates and time for Business Committee/Sub-Committee meetings contact Caryn Sangrey at 406-395-5705, for up to date events, trainings and other meeting times call Elinor Nault-Wright at 406-395-4735.
Chippewa Cree Tribe encourages secondary education and recognizes employee accomplishments via its Plain Green business unit
Photo Courtesy of Plain Green, LLC. From L-R: Porfirio Zarco, Yesenia Zarco, Kayla Lodgepole, and Sharlene Yellowtail
Plain Green, LLC, a wholly-owned business of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, recently recognized five employees who are attending college while working full-time for the company.
“We understand the value of education in opening new opportunities, advancing careers and creating greater prosperity,” said Jay Abbasi, chief executive officer of Plain Green. “We also know that balancing a full-time job with school, family and other obligations requires tremendous effort and diligence.”
In support of the company’s commitment to higher education, Plain Green Loans offers full-time employees the opportunity for tuition assistance by paying up to $5,000 per year to help with college tuition, books and fees.
Five Plain Green Loans full-time employees who are enrolled in college are Kayla Lodgepole, Sharlene Yellowtail, Savannah Stump, Yesenia Zarco and Porfirio Zarco. Three of the employees were named on the Stone Child College Dean’s list for their academic achievements: Kayla Lodgepole, Sharlene Yellowtail, and Porfirio Zarco.
“We are very proud of our team members who are attending college and are continuing to provide superior customer service to our clients,” said Steve Parker, director of operations at Plain Green. “We applaud their abilities to perform at a high level in their secondary education while balancing full-time employment. Our company has grown to 100 employees with the majority – 70% – being tribal members. A major factor in our growth and the success of our employees is that we respect tribal traditions and believe that higher education will benefit our community on the whole.”
The Rocky Boy Rural water supply is VERY LOW BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
This Boil Order is for Villages below 3 mile hill on the water system, as well as houses on lower road below Monteau Cut-across
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.
Bring all water to a boil, let it boil 3 minutes and let it cool before using or us bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Boiling kills bacteria and other organism in the water.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Dirty water may enter broken water pipes. This water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps and associated headaches. They may post a greater health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely-compromised immune systems These symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. if you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT IS BEING DONE?
our water system has lost a lot of water because of pipes breaking in unheated homes. IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME BECAUSE YOU DO NOT HAVE HEAT, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 395-4225. SO THAT WE CAN SHUT OFF YOUR WATER.
Corrective action being taken includes; We are working to locate and repair all lines as quickly as possible. Please conserve water and notify our office if you know of broken water lines.
You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.
We anticipate resolving this problem within two weeks.
General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Plain Green has purchased a semi load of water, it is ready for disbursement at the Water Resource blue construction building now. There will also be a truck in the village area this afternoon. If you don't have a ride call 395-4225 so they can radio the driver to drop off water. If you have a beware of dog sign posted or have dogs around your house they will wait outside for you to come get your water.
Chippewa Cree Tribe business supports first responders with equipment upgrades
L-R: Tony Stump, Theron Small (Fire Chief), Phillip Sutherland (Captain), Daniel Friede, Jr. (Captain), Calvin Jilot (Fire Chief/Chippewa Cree Tribe Tribal Leader), Ted Whitford (Chippewa Cree Tribe Tribal Leader/Fire Fighter)
Plain Green, LLC, a wholly-owned business of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, announces a recent donation to the Rocky Boys Volunteer Firefighters of the Rocky Boy Reservation. The $30,000 donation from Plain Green Loans will help offset the costs of a new fire truck and safety equipment. The six volunteers have begun formal training and several have already received Fire Ready Certification.
“In the wake of this summer’s devastating wild fires, we believe it is critical to support our community’s volunteer firefighters,” said Jay Abbasi, chief executive officer of Plain Green. “In addition to being trained to put out wild fires, the volunteers recently received Fire Ready certification for responding to fires in residential and commercial buildings, as well as HazMat certification for emergency response involving hazardous materials. A new fire truck will allow the volunteers to respond more quickly while enhancing the safety of all involved. We’re pleased to provide funding for new firefighting equipment to support the first responders.”
When a fire emergency occurs on the Rocky Boy Reservation, residents call 9-1-1 Police Dispatch on the Rocky Boy’s reservation and the call is routed to the Rocky Boys’ Volunteer Fire Department. The first responders are trained to access and identify the situation—potential reasons for the fire, locations of hydrants, and most importantly, if anyone is still in the burning building.
“This donation from Plain Green Loans is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward our goal of creating a modern, well-functioning fire department,” said Calvin Jilot, Fire Chief. “In total, we’ve raised just over $80,000 but we still have a long way to go. We received an estimate of $500,000 for a new fire truck and 02 tanks can cost nearly $40,000.”
Some of the department’s 02 tanks date from 2002, while first aid kits and other equipment are too old to be re-certified for use. The Chippewa Cree Tribe is raising funds from private donations and grants from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to secure new tanks, masks and other gear. The vision for the future is to provide Search and Rescue training to aid the community’s needs.
Donations to further the Rocky Boy’s Volunteer Fire Department can be made by sending a check to the attention of Fire Chief Calvin Jilot f/b/o Rocky Boy Volunteer Fire Department, 31 Agency Sq., Box Elder, MT 59521
Chippewa Cree Tribe business maintains focus on technology advancements and customer service
Plain Green, LLC, a wholly-owned business of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, announces the appointment of Pete Stiffarm as IT infrastructure and facilities manager. Stiffarm is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre (Aaniiih) Tribe from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Ft. Belknap, Montana. With a goal of enhancing business processes and customer service for Plain Green Loans, Stiffarm’s new leadership role is focused on implementing new software and technology.
“Our growth as an organization is possible only because of people — including our team members and our customers,” said Ian Stamper-Windy Boy, chief operating officer of Plain Green. “By appointing Pete in the role as IT infrastructure and facilities manager, we are continuing technology advancements focused on business continuity and customer support. Pete’s hiring is another example of our commitment to employ the best Native talent where possible. He is a welcome member of the management team.”
Stiffarm previously was manager of IT, marketing and security for Plain Green Loans, from 2012 to 2014, before leaving to serve as IT Specialist at Independence Bank. Stiffarm also served as computer technician and webmaster at Stone Child College 2009 to 2012. Stiffarm has also been an adjunct Instructor at Stone Child College since 2011. Stiffarm has a Master of Information Systems degree from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from Montana State University – Northern.
“It’s exciting to be back at Plain Green because the company has an even bigger vision for the future,” says Stiffarm. “We have a brand new management team and we are fully committed to improving people’s lives. We are continuously looking for ways to support the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the community — from education to health care and economic impact. In addition, my team and I are focused on enhancing the customer experience for Plain Green Loans. I look forward to great progress for the business and the tribe.”
The Chippewa Cree Tribal Transit Department has announced a new schedule which is effective immediately. Please be advised within the next few weeks, the Transit Department will be implementing a fare of $.50 for each passenger for one way rides, elders 60 and over and disabled will be free. Punch cards will be available for purchase.
For questions or concerns, please contact the Transit Department at 395-5025 or 395-8726.
|Morning Local/Havre Run||Afternoon Local/Havre Run||Local/On Demand Run|
|6:00 AM Depart Agency||9:30 AM Agency Area Stops||7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Daily|
|6:10 AM Bonneau Stops||9:50 AM Bonneau Villages||7:30 AM Agency Departments|
|6:20 AM SCC/Headstart||10:00 AM SCC/Headstart||7:45 AM Bonneau Stops only|
|6:30 AM Middle Dry Fork Stop||10:15 AM Middle Dry Fork||7:50 AM SCC/Headstart|
|6:45 Jitterbugs||10:25 AM Box Elder Villages||8:00 AM Middle Dry Fork|
|6:55 Blue Water Tower Villages||10:40 AM Blue Water Tower||8:10 AM Box Elder Village Drive through|
|7:05 AM Box Elder Villages Stops||10:45 AM Jitterbugs||*will drive through each village, please be|
|7:25 AM Middle Dry Fork||10:50 AM Departs to Agency||waiting in your driveway, will not wait for|
|7:30 AM SCC/Headstart||*Havre Pick-Ups||passengers|
|7:35 AM Bonneau Village Stops||12:30 PM Depart to Havre||8:25 AM Blue Water Tower Villages|
|7:50 AM Agency||1:05 PM Wal-Mart/Kmart||8:35 AM Jitterbugs Store-10 min. wait|
|8:10 AM Depart Agency||1:15 Holiday Village Mall||9:00 AM Northern Winz/Laredo|
|*Havre Pick-ups||1:25 PM Old IGA Parking Lot||*Tuesdays and Thursdays only|
|10:00 AM Depart to Havre||1:35 PM Havre Tire||9:00 AM Depart back to Agency|
|10:45 AM Wal-Mart/Kmart||1:40 PM IGA||9:00-9:25 Box Elder Villages Drive through|
|10:50 AM Holiday Village Mall||1:50 PM Hospital/Clinics||9:35 AM Middle Dry Fork|
|11:00 AM Old IGA Parking Lot||2:00 PM MSU Northern||9:40 AM SCC/Headstart|
|11:15 AM Havre Tire||2:30 PM Old IGA Parking Lot||9:45-9:55 AM Bonneau Village Drive through|
|11:20 AM IGA||2:40 PM Holiday Village Mall||10:00 AM Depart to Agency|
|11:30 AM Hospital/Clinics||3:00 PM Wal-Mart/Kmart||10:10 AM Off Route calls-call ahead|
|11:40 AM MSU Northern||3:45 PM Agency||12:30-1:00 PM Driver lunch break|
|12:00 PM Wal-Mart/Kmart||3:50 PM Local||1:00-3:00 PM Agency calls/Repeat Route from|
|12:45 PM Jitterbugs||4:30 PM Agency Departments||Box Elder to Bonneau(5min each)|
|12:50 PM Box Elder Village Stops||*No Dispatch After 4:30 PM||*no calls after 3:30 PM will be taken for local|
|1:05 PM Middle Dry Fork Stops||5:30 PM End Shift||4:30 PM End shift|
|1:15 PM SCC/Headstart|
|1:20 PM Bonneau Stops|
|1:35 PM ButterCup Stop|
|1:45 PM Agency Area|
Resolution of long-standing legal issues for Chippewa Cree Tribe and Chippewa Cree Tribe Development Corporation means new opportunities for Native American community
Plain Green, LLC, the premier online resource for the short-term financial needs of underbanked and subprime consumers, today announces a successful settlement with BEH Gaming Ltd related to loans to the Chippewa Cree Tribe and Chippewa Cree Tribe Development Corporation. Plain Green’s settlement and payment of the debt to BEH releases the Chippewa Cree Tribe and Chippewa Cree Tribe Development Corporation from all liability. The settlement amount is under seal of court order.