​​"​To improve the quality of life for all Tribal Members, through culturally competent, custom-fit research"

Dr. 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.

TNRG Senior Associates

Dr. Carty Monette

Board Member since 2013

Dr. Carol Davis

Board Member since 2013

Dr. Paula Carter-Morin

Board Member since 2013

Vincent J. Grant is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. He attended the Turtle Mountain Community Schools and also received an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the Turtle Mountain Community College. Currently, he is pursuing his next educational goal of earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Leadership and Management, at the Turtle Mountain Community College.

Despite being considered an at-risk youth in his early years, he identified the many needs of the community and strived to make a difference in the youth of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. His advocacy efforts led him to serve various positions including: four terms as Chairman of the Turtle Mountain Youth Council and three terms as the Youth Representative on the Pathways to Prosperity Board of Directors with guiding a 10-year poverty reduction plan. He was instrumental in creating various initiatives that impacted youth including the Sacred Eagle Youth Center, which was a safe haven for youth that provided healthy activities. He was appointed by Chairman Richard McCloud and Chairman Jamie Azure to focus on youth related initiatives.

In 2013, he was named Turtle Mountain Community College Student of the Year by the American Indian College Fund. In 2014 and 2017, he was awarded Adult of the Year by the Turtle Mountain Family Week Committee. Mr. Grant continues to work toward making an impact on youth through serving as the Student Representative on the Turtle Mountain Community College Board of Trustees and Student Senate. He looks forward to continuing advocating for many social and economic initiatives that impact American Indians including data sovereignty, tribal sovereignty, higher education, and youth empowerment. 

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.

Dr. Paula Carter-Senior Associate-is the director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) and a research assistant professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Center for Rural Health. As a research assistant professor and NRCNAA director, Carter oversees a national needs assessment for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian elders. Previously, she was the research director with the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) and a faculty fellow with the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health at the Center for Rural health.  Carter is involved in starting the first Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) chapter at UND and currently serves as the chapters’ adviser. She is also a member of the Society for the Psychology of Women. Prior to joining the CRH, Carter was a mental health researcher with the Veterans Administration, where she developed culturally appropriate mental health resources to be utilized with Native American Veterans. She also worked with the Indian Health Services as a mental health provider in rural reservation settings. Carter is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and is originally from Belcourt, North Dakota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in gerontology. Carter earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling from UND in 1997. She has recently earned her Ph.D. in the field of Counseling Psychology. Established in 1980, the Center for Rural Health is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, health care providers and, most importantly, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.

Vincent J. Grant

Board Member since 2018