The council of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians chaired by John Gilbert has announced the candidates in a special election to fill an opening for the secretary-treasurer of that council.
The election, in which voters download ballots online and return them to the election committee, will fill the last two years of the four-year secretary-treasurer position.
The candidates are Shirley (Powell) Bollich and Betty (Gardipee) Hofeldt.
In a release from the council, Bollich said she has worked for the Tribe in a position helping families return to Montana, and worked with the Indian Education Department and now works for the Montana Education Talent Search. She graduated from Park University and will receive an associate degree in counseling.
Bollich said she would like to help the Tribe be recognized by the U.S. federal goverment and help the Tribe come together, “as it should be.”
Hofeldt said she works for Head Start, is an adjunct professor at University of Montana Western in Dillon and is a student mentor coach. She received a bachelor’s degree in business education from Montana State University-Northern in 1981, an associate degree in early childhood education, and a one-year certificate as a certified dental assistant from the Intermountain Indian School in 1970
Hofeldt said she would like to work on federal recognition and use better communication to bring the Tribe together. She also said she would like better documentation of the Tribe’s culture and history and would like to develop Maroney Dam property and find funding sources for the Tribe.
The ballots, which can be downloaded at the Little Shell Treasurer Special Election Info part of the page at www.littleshelltribe.com, must be returned to: Shell Election Committee, P.O. Box 6373, Great Falls, MT 59406.
Ballots must be postmarked by Saturday, Oct. 30.