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The swearing in ceremony for the newly elected members of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee took place on November 16, 2018 - Michelle Billy, Calvin Jilot, Rick Morsette and Michael Corcoran. Welcome new Council members! 

Outreach Fair

Join us at the 2018 Outreach Fair!

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.

Under section 10-4-110 of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Codes, the Commissioner of the Tribal Consumer Protection Bureau (“TCPB”) is authorized to draft new regulations which supplement the current lending industry rules for the Chippewa Cree Tribe.
The publication of this notice on June 4, 2018 begins a sixty day public hearing and comment period. During the next sixty days, anyone with an interest in the below regulations can submit a written comment offering feedback on the regulations. The written feedback must be submitted either via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via mail to:
Elliot Reaven
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
1200 17th St. Suite 3000
Denver, Colorado 80202
On August 2, 2018 a public hearing will be head at the Rocky Boys Reservation at 11:00 AM (?) to 12:30 PM (?). At the meeting, any individual affected by any proposed regulations may attend and submit oral or written feedback to be considered by the TCPB and Commissioner Fulkerson.
The goal of the Public Hearing is to allow any affected individual to share their position on a proposed regulation. However, at the discretion of the commissioner, an individual’s time to provide oral feedback may be limited.
Please direct all feedback and questions to the email address or mailing address listed above.


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

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.

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.

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

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