Elected Tribal Council

Chairman - Gerald Gray

Gerald, for 20 years has built a reputation as a leader in market research and media development for G&G Advertising. He has worked extensively with local, community-based organizations, and he advocates as a professional, volunteer, and leader. At G&G Advertising, Gerald has worked on state, regional, and national campaigns promoting behavioral change on many current health-related issues.

Gerald’s previous career was in a teaching position with the Box Elder Public School System where he created and implemented instructional materials for use in public classrooms. He developed and delivered a general education curriculum inclusive of all students and learning styles. He worked with and maintained a parent-to-teacher system knowing that his students’ successes came from encouraging and getting parents involved in their children’s education. His teaching experiences instilled in him the importance and commitment to increasing access to educational opportunities for many under served populations. It gave him the understanding of the importance of making certain the whole child was the center of reaching success – the child’s learning and successes in school were possible when paired with good health habits, a supportive home environment, a supportive social system, and a safe and healthy place in which to live.

Gerald currently serves on the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council as the Chairman, which serves 12 tribes in the Rocky Mountain region. He is also a commissioner that serves on the State Tribal Economic Development Commission and Gerald is also the current chairman of the Little Shell Tribe of Montana, in which he has served since 2012 as the elected chairman of the Little Shell Tribe. Gerald oversees tribal programs, economic opportunities for the tribe, and maintains government-to-government relationships with city, county, state and federal governments, and individuals on behalf of the tribe’s 5400 members.

 

 

1st Vice Chairman - Clarence Sivertsen

Graduated from CMR – 1973 in Great Falls, MT; Graduated from Northern MT College – 1981 in Havre, MT; 1981 – Pilot License; Cheyenne AeroTech – Airframe – Power Plant – Federal License.

In 1973 went active Duty Army – 35+ years in; worked at MT Army National Guard on F16 Jet engines – Retired; Ranching to present

I have been involved and on the Little Shell Tribal Council for the last 12 years; currently 1st Vice Chairman.  I am currently on the Montana Veterans Board as Chairman.  I would like to stay on the Little Shell Tribal Council to finish the Federal Recognition process.  The Council has worked very hard to get Federal Recognition and working to finish the process that comes with the Federal Recognition along with getting the Economic Development in place.

 

 

2nd Vice Chairman - Leona Kienenberger

 

Secretary/Treasurer - Colleen Hill

I was born in Havre, MT to Caroline Trotchie-Murphy and Raymond Sivertsen.   I have lived in Great Falls, MT for 50+ years and I love Montana! I have been married for 30 years to Roger and we have 5 amazing children and 16 beautiful grandchildren.  We enjoy having family gatherings and getting to create lasting memories.  I love the outdoors, taking pictures of everyone and everything, having grandma slumber parties, target shooting and the rivers/lakes/oceans.  I love interacting with people and getting to know them and their history.  Reading and research is important to me, as it keeps my mind sharp and informed.  I love learning the history of our people and Indian Country. Plus, the information helps me make informed choices.  I have been involved with learning/teaching the Ojibwe language, what a beautiful language.

 

Since 2012, when I first was elected to the Little Shell Council, I have used every aspect of knowledge I have gained to help with the Little Shel business. I know the Creator has a plan for each of us, we just need to pay attention to when doors close and when the right ones open.

 

Councilman - Iris Killeagle

Iris has worked for the Postal Service for 35 years and is currently Postmaster at the Malta, MT Post Office. Iris has served on her local school board in Dodson for 28 years 12 of those as chairman. As a school board member Iris serves on the State Indian School Board (ISBC) as Chairman. Iris has worked through ISBC to bring awareness of generational and historic trauma as well as cultural education to Montana’s School Board Members and Educational Leaders. Iris represents the Little Shell Tribe on the Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education (M.A.C.I.E.) and the Missing Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) Task Force.

 

Councilman - Don Davis

Founder of Double Stud Construction, was incorporated in 1993 in Helena, Montana.  The company grew slowly working mostly on small scale residential projects while gaining a reputation for quality services and reliability. Double Stud eventually began to expand it by working on large scale projects such as commercial and government.

During my twenty-seven years, I have seen over $15,000,000 in construction projects. I accommodated these clients through a well-established and expeditious permitting program, strict cost accounting and supply management, intensive and comprehensive project management. My business practices, management skills, work ethics and knowing when to invest money for new equipment and tools contributes to the company’s success.

Councilman - Kim McKeehan

Kimberly McKeehan earned degrees in English Literature, Native American Studies, and Social Work from Montana universities and now lives in Great Falls working as a counselor at the local community health clinic. Kim serves as a health liaison for the Little Shell tribe and is a member of the Montana Native American Suicide Task Force, American Indian Health Leaders, the American Indigenous Research Association, and the Indigenous Research Initiative. She is especially interested in healing intergenerational trauma through community and cultural interventions.

 

Contact Information

Phone:  406.315.2400 | 406.315.2399

Fax: 406.315.2401

Email:  ggray@gng.net

Address:  615 Central Ave W  | Great Falls, MT 59404

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