Chippewa Cree Business Committee of the Rocky Boy's Reservation
Today, the Chippewa Cree Business Committee of the Rocky Boy's Reservation announced its endorsement of Governor Steve Bullock as the right candidate to represent the interests of Native Montanans in the U.S. Senate.
“Throughout his career in public service, Governor Bullock has stood with the tribal community at Rocky Boy and fought hard for the best interests of all Native Montanans,” said Harlan Baker, Chairman of the Chippewa Cree Business Committee. “We know that Governor Bullock’s proven history of working with tribal leaders across Montana to get things done for Indian Country will drive his work when he gets to Washington. Governor Bullock will bring real leadership to the Senate, and there is no doubt that the needs and priorities of the Chippewa Cree Tribe will be heard. The Chippewa Cree Business Committee is pleased to endorse Governor Bullock for U.S. Senate.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Chippewa Cree Business Committee,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “While we’ve made real steps towards finding solutions to systemic problems in Indian Country in Montana, Washington has too often ignored the needs of our Native communities. That needs to change, and I am going to work across the aisle to ensure that every Native Montanan has access to a well-paying job, a strong education and quality, accessible healthcare. I look forward to continuing this important work alongside Chairman Baker and the Chippewa Cree people.”
Governor Bullock visited Rocky Boy in June to meet with Chairman Baker and the Chippewa Cree Business committee to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Rocky Boy Tribal community. During this public health crisis, Governor Bullock has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with tribal leaders across Montana to ensure every Native community has the resources they need to protect vulnerable populations and continue strong surveillance testing.
Governor Bullock has hosted annual Tribal Leaders Summits and has visited each tribal government multiple times in order to hear concerns directly from tribal communities, elected officials, and staff and work together toward solutions. He then took the feedback from conversations and brought Democrats and Republicans together to expand Medicaid twice, bringing quality, affordable healthcare to 15,000 Native Montanans. Governor Bullock also announced last year that Rocky Boy EMS would be one of six EMS services to pilot a new community-based healthcare model designed to expand the role of EMS to provide more effective and efficient non-emergency services to the Rocky Boy tribal community.
Governor Bullock was able to secure thousands of dollars in economic development grants that supported eight businesses owned by members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe. The grants and loans are designed to spur economic development in Indian Country by providing direct fiscal support to Native-owned businesses.
Working hand-in-hand with Native educators, Governor Bullock boosted funding for Montana’s seven tribal colleges, including Stone Child College in Box Elder. He also joined members of the legislative Montana American Indian Caucus in support of five bills addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic, and led the charge to permanently display the eight flags of Montana’s Tribal Nations on the State Capitol grounds to recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices of Native Americans and Native veterans.
Governor Bullock worked alongside tribal nations, community leaders, and Native legislators in state government to create the Native Language Preservation Program. Together, they secured funding for public schools for language immersion to help maintain Native American culture.