Board of Directors
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Alvin “Jim” Kennedy, Chairman
Alvin “Jimmy” Kennedy, is the current President of the IMDG Board of Directors. He currently is a representative of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council and was appointed by them to serve on IMDG’s Board of Directors. Jimmy is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Nation and is one of the youngest councilman to be elected in the history of Fort Belknap’s Tribal 8
Council. Jimmy represents one of our brightest minds of our younger generation on Fort Belknap. His contribution of bringing a blended approach of contemporary and traditional aspects and melding them with current business practices has allowed him to be respected and trusted in his leadership role.
Marilyn Bigby, Vice-Chairman
Marilyn Bigby, is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Nation. Marilyn is one of a handful of women in our tribal history to serve on Fort Belknap’s Tribal Council. She brings extensive knowledge and a wealth of wisdom to our Board of Directors through her vast experience working with various tribal programs and governmental entities on Fort Belknap. Her past work experience with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Council contributes to the vitality of the Board of Directors.
Chris “Smiley” Guardipee, Secretary/Treasurer
Chris “Smiley” Guardipee 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.
David Crasco, Board Member
David Crasco is a member of the Assiniboine Tribe. David comes from a Fort Belknap family with strong agricultural roots; primarily in ranching. It is this agricultural based business knowledge that allowed David to be elected to our Tribal Council and his ag-business background brings a well-rounded, sensible approach to decision making by our Board of Directors.
Tracy “Ching” King, Board Member
Tracy “Ching” King, an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe 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.
Harlan Mount, Board Member
Harlan Mount, an enrolled member Gros Ventre Nation, resides at Fort Belknap Agency. Harlan brings an eclectic view to the Board of Directors with his extensive background in education, business, and tribal government. He currently is the executive director of the Fort Belknap Community Economic Development Corporation; a 501 c3, non-profit organization that works to bring entrepreneur and community based economic opportunities to the People of Fort Belknap Indian Community. He has served as a past Tribal President of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council and Director of the Native American Vocational and Technical Education Program for Aaniih/Nakoda College.