Dr. Gerald “Carty” Monette is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. In 1973 he was hired by Turtle Mountain Community College as Co-Director to help develop the tribal college. He was appointed acting president and later the president a position he held from 1975 to 2005. In addition to serving as the college’s President, from 1994 to 2005, Dr. Monette served as Principle Investigator for the National Science Foundation’s Tribal College Rural Systemic (RSI). Since leaving Turtle Mountain Community College Dr. Monette has served as a Project Director at the National Science Foundation for the Tribal College and Universities Program (TCUP). In August of 2006 Dr. Monette accepted an appointment as Senior Advisor with Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM) located in Washington DC. He worked primarily with tribal colleges providing technical assistance, proposal development, outreach, and leadership development. In May 2009 Dr. Monette accepted a position with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium as the PI for the NSF-AIHEC-TCUP Technical Assistance Project a position he held until April 2011. He continues to serve tribal colleges by providing technical assistance in the areas of policy, education, research and board training. From 2011 to 2012 he served as Director for The MICA Group, Multicultural Intermediary For Collaborative Action organization where he continues to serve as a Tribal Liaison for a cultural resource project funded by the American Railroads and FCC. In August 2013 he and a few colleagues formed the Tribal Nations Research Group. Dr. Monette is a US Army veteran having served as a Sargent E-5 from 1966 to 1968. He has a doctorate in education administration from the University of North Dakota. He is married to Dr. Loretta DeLong. Together they have seven children and 17 grandchildren. They live on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indian Reservation.
Carol Davis is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She was born on the reservation and attended elementary school at St. Ann’s Mission School. Among her educational experiences that she considers important is the time she spent in a high school boarding school for American Indans in South Dakota. She married Lynn Davis, also a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, 50 years ago and they raised six children on the Turtle Mountain reservation. She still resides with her husband on the Turtle Mountain Reservation where she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nineteen grandchildren. In 1971, she was a member of the committee that established the Turtle Mountain Community College and is a charter member of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program at the University of North Dakota. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mayville State University in 1980. She taught middle school for eight years. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of ND in 1988 and was assistant high school principal on the reservation for one year before transferring to Turtle Mountain Community College, a tribal college on her reservation. She remained there for seventeen years, first as the Academic Dean and later as Vice President. During her tenure, she received a doctorate in Education Administration in 2000 from Walden University. She recently retired from North Dakota EPSCoR where she served as the Tribal College Liaison. In that position, she helped to create a pathway for American Indian high school and tribal college students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through STEM camps, Sunday Academies and research. Over the years, she has served the National Science Foundation as a panel member and other committees such as the Committee of Visitors. In 2008, she was called upon to present the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program which is part of ND EPSCoR before the National Academy of Science. She presented at the National EPSCoR Conference in 2009. Over the years she has been published in juried journals and tribal publications such as the Tribal College Journal. She currently serves on the National Conference Committee for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Carol is a Senior Associate of the Tribal Nations Research Group which is a non-profit corporation incorporated by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. In that role, she assists in the coordination of research activities on the Turtle Mountain Reservation and in Indian Country with her partners, Dr. Carty Monette and Dr. Paula (Morin) Carter—both members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She continues to be active on her home reservation and was recently appointed by the tribal council to help write a new water code for the tribe
Deborah LaVallie grew up in the Turtle Mountains and was educated at T.M. Community Schools. As part of a large extended family, she eventually came to the realization that in some way, we are all related here, which sparked a great interest in geneology and TM history. She went to school at NDSU Bottineau Branch, now known as Dakota College for two years, then transerred to Minot State University, graduating with a BA, majoring in Psychology and Business Administration, with a minor in Addiction Counseling. She also went to UND School of Law for a year and interned and worked at The Grand Forks Herald for a time, until moving back to the Turtle Mountains to help take care of her mother, and to be with her during her final years. While at UND she was involved in writing up the constitution and by-laws of MAC (multi-cultural activities committee). She has home-schooled and worked as a crafter/artist/community organizer. She started a blog/website, ‘The Tribal Independent’ with a couple of other local journalists, and eventually started her own blogsite, ‘The Turtle Island Messenger’, which is currently being reworked and revised. She was involved in the writing of the Turtle Mountain Tribe’s Water Act, becoming involved with water issues here in the Turtle Mountains, as a ‘Water Protector’ and a member of the water commission. Hobbies are geneology, quilting, photography, writing and history, and community activism. She lives north of Dunseith on her Grandmother Lucy Davis Gillies’ allotment/trust land, where John and Lucy raised their large family of 15 children, cows, pigs, horses, ducks, geese, dogs and cats and numerous foster children on their small farm, where they led a self-sustaining life style, growing huge gardens to supplement John’s long-time employment at San Haven. Deborah believes that ‘Food Sovereignty’ and self-suficiency must become a priority for the Turtle Mountain people once again, as it was only a generation or two ago that this was a way of life here.
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