The Administrator assists the Chief and Council in implementing policy. Duties
meeting regularly with Chief and Council, staff, band members, Indian Affairs
and other government officials.
overseeing the departments: administration, membership, social services,
farm and ranch, diamond five, security, economic development, housing
and public works.
supervising all staff
In the past, elections for the positions of Chief and Council have been held
each year on a staggered basis. The rationale for this has been to preserve
continuity in the tribal government. Beginning in 2002, the elections will
be held every three years for the entire Chief and Council positions.
The Tribe occupies a reserve with an area of about 10 square miles within Township
43, Range 24, West of the 4th Meridian. Some members occupy non-reserve lands
in the surrounding area which the Tribe has acquired with its own funds.
A Sundance is held once a year during the month of June. During the rest of the
summer months various social events such as powwows, rodeos, country and
western dances, concerts and baseball tournaments are held. At other times
traditional dances are held to celebrate an assortment of special events.
The main source of income for the Montana tribe has historically come from the
shared interest in the Pigeon Lake Reserve located 65 kilometers northwest
of the Montana reserve. Since 1947, it has produced significant amounts of
oil and gas and related by-products. Much of the income has been used to
finance administration community programs and services. From this income
the Tribe has invested in a number of ways including:
Trendwood (a lumber supplier)
Land acquisitions and related developments
the Diamond Five Complex (rodeo, powwow, and activity Centre) h) a cattle
ranch and feedlot facility
farming operations j) on and off-reserve oil and gas developments
Akamihk Gas Bar
Agricultural and ranch leases of on and off-reserve lands
Clainia Potts - Director - Ext 230
Dawn Strongman - Assistant - ext 253
The major focus of the First Nation has in recent years been on education. To
that end, the Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit Community School was built in 1996. In
addition, to regular classrooms, the school contains a computer lab, science
lab, industrial arts shop, home economics classroom and cree room.
Preserving and fostering Cree language and culture are important for the parents
and the leaders. For this there is full-time Cree and cultural instructors.
Elders and other resource people from the First Nation are regularly used
in the school.
Student enrollment is as follows:
142 students from K-4 to grade 9 who attend Meskanahk Ka Nipa Wit Community School
70 students attend off-reserve schools
30 enrolled in colleges and universities
Many students attend the Maskwachees Cultural College, an accredited community
college on the nearby Samson reserve. Others attend universities in Calgary
and Edmonton. Community Services The First Nation is committed to providing
the best community services for the people of Montana. For this reason it
established the following tribal-run entities:
Akamkisipatinaw Ohpikihawasowin (AKO) was set up in 1995, in partnership
with the Louis Bull First Nation, to provide child care services.
AKO operates in conjunction with the recently set up Montana Receiving Home.
The Hobbema Police Service was established in 1996 to serve the Montana and
Ermineskin policing needs.
During the 1970's and '80's, the tribe constructed housing using its own funds.
Beginning in the 1990's, increasingly, government funds have been used for
tribal housing construction. The Montana Housing Department manages a number
of housing units on the reserve and continues to oversee new construction
and do renovations.
Public Works & Utilities
Joseph Standingontheroad - Director - EXT 237
The Tribe is 1 of 3 remaining First Nations that operates as an REA (Rural Electrification
Association). Through this, Montana owns much of the infrastructure used
to distribute electricity to on-reserve customers.
Youth Development Department
Patti Currie - Coordinator - ext 239
Montana Band Youth Development begins full operation in July 2006. Offering life
skills and mentoring programs to the youth of the Montana Band. The departments
mandate is to help develop and enhance skills for the youth that will assist
them in becoming employable and self sufficient.