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Harold “Jiggs” Main
Harold “Jiggs” Main is the director of the Fish & Wildlife Department for the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) and an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe of the FBIC. Main is dedicated to public service, having spent more than 30 years in leadership and management positions supporting the health and welfare of the people of Fort Belknap Indian Community. During the past decade, Mains has helped develop the conservation management for FBIC’s natural resources through his work with the Fish & Wildlife Department. An enrolled member of the White Clay Nation, Main is a strong advocate for programs that preserve and perpetuate the unique cultural resources of our community.
Main served two terms on the Fort Belknap Community Council, representing the interests of all Fort Belknap residents at the Federal, State, and local levels. In addition, Main formerly served on the Fort Belknap Housing Board and as Board Chair of the Fort Belknap College Board of Directors. In 2001, Main graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy as a certified law enforcement officer. Main is a Marine Corps Veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.
Main is motivated to improve the quality of life for the members of Fort Belknap. He grew up in a time of poverty and few employment opportunities on the reservation. Main’s father had to travel away from the reservation in order to find work to support his family. Main attended school through the seventh grade in Hays, Montana, before his family moved to Butte where he graduated from Butte Central High School in 1970. Main joined the marines in 1971, returning to Fort Belknap after being honorably discharged. Main started his family life in 1976 and has three children. Currently, Main is honored to be involved with the economic development activities with Island Mountain Development Group, making a difference in the lives of the people of Fort Belknap.
Kenneth “Tuffy” Helgeson
Kenneth “Tuffy” Helgeson” is currently the Vice-Chairman of the IMDG Board of Directors. Kenneth is an enrolled member of the Nakoda Tribe and is dedicated to revitalizing the Nakoda language. He taught for eighteen years at Hays/Lodgepole Schools. Kenneth is now a language teacher at the Aaniiih Nakoda College and is the Director of the ANA Language Program in Hays, MT. He also serves on the Nakoda Treaty Committee and the Hays/Lodgepole School Board.
Community is at his heart, and he was one of several people organizing the Wasay Wakpa Waci and Oškade, the Red Paint Creek pow-wow and rodeo. In addition, he helped organize the youth series rodeo in Lodgepole and served on the International native games society. He is a seasoned announcer and arena director for pow-wows. Kenneth is passionate about our Native youth and has had a hand in the growth and development of many young people. He loves his hometown of Lodgepole. Kenneth is blessed with his beautiful wife of 18 years and his ten-year-old son!
John Hawley is a member of the Gros-Ventre (Aaniiih) Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community. Hawley served two terms on the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council. From 1993-1995, Hawley was the Mountain Gro Ventre District Representative and served as the Chair of the Land Committee. From 2015-2017, Hawley was Gros Ventre representative at large serving on the public safety oversight committee. He also served two terms on the Hays Lodgepole School Board. Hawley manages a commercial cow/calf operation with his wife and family. His interests include economic development opportunities for the people of Fort Belknap and the environmental preservation and stewardship of the homeland and last stronghold of the people of Fort Belknap. He previously worked road construction around the state of Montana and for the Tribe and BIA.
A member of the Aaniiih Tribe and the Chickasaw Nation, Ramona resides on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Ramona received her Business Education degree at MSU-Northern. As a former Upward Bound Director & Business Instructor (Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem & Dodson High Schools), Ramona believes in empowering our youth and communities through education and encouragement.
Chris “Smiley” Gardipee
Chris “Smiley” Gardipee is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Nation. He has dedicated much of his life to public service for the betterment of the People of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Besides serving on the IMDG’s Board of Directors, he currently ranches. Smiley’s past experiences include serving in law enforcement as a police officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and as a past councilman of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council.
Tracy “Ching” King
Tracy “Ching” King, is the current President of the IMDG Board of Directors. Tracy is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe and is a passionate, visionary leader amongst the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes. A former two term President of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council, Ching has dedicated much of his career to promote and establish various economic opportunities for the People of Fort Belknap. His tireless work ethic, along with his intrinsic need to see all tribal members succeed is a driving force within the Board of Directors of IMDG.
Chief Executive Officer
Terry Brockie is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe. He holds a BS in Elementary Education from Montana State University Billings and an AA in Liberal Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University. Prior to coming to IMDG, he was first Native American in the history of Montana to be elected to the position of County Superintendent of Schools. Terry also taught his Gros Ventre language for many years in the local public school systems and at Aaniiih Nakoda College. He is married to Tawnya Bizardie and has two sons, Truth and Titan.
IMDG is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and except to the extent required by its Native American Preference Policy and Veteran Preference Policy, IMDG prohibits any discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or any other basis protected by applicable law. This applies to all employment decisions, including hiring, promotion, termination, and other matters affecting terms and conditions of employment.
Island Mountain Development Group is a drug-free work environment. Pre-employment drug testing may be required. Applicants must consent to a background check.