Monthly Archives: October 2013

Varsity Boys Run In C-C State Championships

Markell Blount, Shawn DeLeau, Connor McKay and Jeremy Azure represented Wolf Point as they raced in the Montana High School Athletics State Cross Country Championships Oct. 26.

Competing against runners from over 30 schools, McKay came in 87th place with a time of 19:14.64. Blount placed 115th at 20:03.38, LeDeau came in 160th at 21:34.47 and Azure placed 178th at 39:59.27.

Blount said the mountain air was hard to adjust to and the course was hard. He also said he took off too fast and felt he was trying too hard.

Prior to leaving for the state championships the cross country team had a sendoff potluck dinner put on by their families, coaches and teammates, at the Fort Peck Community College Dumont Center.

All four members received blankets from coach Janet Erickson’s mother, Rhonda Mason,  for the trip to Missoula.

After the boys were presented with their gifts, Erickson reflected on the start of the season. She complimented the boys on their guts, their lion-hearted spirit and their progress over the season.

Following encouragement from Erickson, Martell stood up and gave a speech. He thanked coaches Erickson, Stacey Summers and Stan Moran, his family and the junior high cross country runners for their encouragement. He also thanked his teammates for challenging and pushing him.

Azure stood up next and gave a speech about finishing his first cross country race and his progression toward qualifying for the state championships.

“I kept trying and my time started going down,” Azure said. “[When] I did it, I started crying.”

LeDeau and McKay also thanked the coaches and family for their support and their teammates for pushing them.

Wolf Point High School athletic director Mike Erickson said he was proud of all four boys for taking on the challenge. He also said that cross country was more than just about winning a race, but about putting on a uniform and representing their community.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Mike Erickson said. “It doesn’t matter what time they get, as long as they go out there and lay it on the line.”

Blount said the race humbled him. He also said he had considered playing football his senior year, but with the result of the race, Blount said he will train all summer and run in cross country next year.

“I refuse to end my career with a bad performance like that,” Blount said. “I’ll return next year [and] and bring back an all-state medal.”


Resource Center Brings Attention To Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Fort Peck Tribes Family Violence Resource Center, at 629 Seventh Ave. S. in Wolf Point, held an ice cream social Oct. 18 in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to Patti McGeshick, director of the resource center, the event was to raise awareness about domestic violence and the mental effects on children who witness abuse.

In addition to the ice cream, staff members were on hand to answer questions. The resource center also provided information relating to domestic abuse.

McGeshick said the social was also about bringing the community together. Volunteers from around the city came to help at the event.

Advocates And Volunteers

The resource center offers emergency services to victims of physical, psychological, economic and sexual abuse.

Helen Belcher, volunteer advocate at the resource center, said it is important to raise awareness about domestic abuse because people are quiet about it and by raising awareness it allows victims the chance to get help.

“It gives victims a chance to talk to someone about it,” Belcher said. “These young girls in relationships do not realize that a boyfriend’s abusive behavior is not normal behavior.”

The role of an advocate is to assist the police with emergencies and take care of the victim, male or female, Native or non-Native, and make sure they are safe and healthy.

Advocates at the resource center also help with restraining orders and transport victims to an emergency shelter at an undisclosed location. They also transport victims to long-term shelters at another branch and develop safety kits for victims.

There are 10 to 12 volunteers who work during the week and weekend emergency services.

Counseling For Children

Michelle Trottier is a forensic intimate and crisis counselor. She works with tribal criminal investigators, as well as state and federal law enforcement.

Trottier also works with victims of child abuse and neglect and will sometimes do interviews and  conclusions and recommendations to courts and monitor a child’s progress before, during and after a trial through counseling or home visits.

She also accompanies sexual abuse victims to medical exams to reduce trauma and advocates resources for victims and non-offending family members in an upcoming trial.

In addition to helping victims, Trottier goes out to the schools and does mandatory reporting for staff. She coordinates with the school on safe and unsafe touching presentations for grades kindergarten through five.

Trottier said by educating children they will be knowledgeable on what is safe and whom to tell.

“It lets them know they can call 911 no matter how young they are,” Trottier said.

Compliance Officers

Bruce Bauer is a compliance officer with the Fort Peck Assiniboibne and Souix Sex Offender Registry and SORNA Team. He and fellow officer Jeremy Christensen are in charge of monitoring all sex offenders convicted of any kind of sex crime on the Fort Peck Reservation.

The compliance officers keep offenders compliant with federal and state law. They also do random checks where offenders live and do reports on them.

The compliance officers have a memorandum of understanding with other agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service. Offenders have three days to get in contact with officers, even if they are from another state. They also have to comply with tribal and state law. When an offender registers on the reservation, they have to register for life.

Bauer said there are 89 registered sex offenders on the reservation and they do random checks on them at any time.

Bauer and Christiansen also update the offender’s information on the Fort Peck Tribal Court website. Transients must also fill out registration forms.

If an offender has not made contact, officers can call the marshals, who will issue a federal warrant and officers can arrest them.

Bauer also said compliance officers go to the schools and pass out a list of sex offenders in the area, along with their photos. They also alert the neighbors living around the residence of the offender.

To Find Help Or To Volunteer

Anyone wanting information on how they can help at the resource center can call 406-653-1494 or

Summers And Hapa Place First At Junior High Cross Country Meet

Lowry Field was the site for the junior high cross country meet hosted by Wolf Point, Oct. 10.

Six schools from Montana competed in the meet and the top 10 finishers in each race received medals.

The meet began with the elementary girls’ race. Culbertson/Bainville runner Ashley Curtiss would come in first place at 10:20. Her teammate Abby Granbois came in second at 11:25 while Wolf Point’s Jaylee Azure came in third at 12:07. Culbertson/Bainville’s Kylie Poitra, Gracie Montoya and Cody Lawsen came in fourth, fifth and six with times of 12:11, 12:22 and 12:32, respectively.

Alex Sutton of Wolf Point came in seventh at 13:02 while Courtney Spotted Wolf of Brockton came in eighth at 13:08. Culbertson/Bainville runners rounded out the top 10 with Anissa Bengochea placing ninth at 13:50 and Chloe Burks coming in at 10th at 14:01.

Other runners who placed were: 11th, Issabella O’Neil, Culbertson/Bainville, 14:36; 12th, Kaydence Headdress, Brockton, 14:30; 13th, Jasmine Fasthorse, Brockton, 16:21 and 14th, Thea Weeks,14th, Thea Weeks, Brockton,19:04.

Sutton, who had her best finish of the year so far, said the race was fun.

Next was the elementary boys’ race. Wolf Point’s Brandon Hapa came in first at 9:56. His teammates Jaxon Azure and James Poitra came in second and third at 10:12 and 10:24, respectively. Culbertson/Bainville runner Hudson Atkinson placed fourth at 10:35. Wolf Point’s James Lein came in fifth at 10:51 while his teammate Andrew Azure came in sixth at 11:25.

Other runners who placed were: seventh, Colby Olson, Culbertson/Bainville, 11:28; eighth, Jaicon Gramling, 13:16; ninth, Bayzel Spottedwolf, Brockton, 13:22; 10th, Clayton Marchwick, Culbertson/Bainville, 13:44; 11th, Michael Pederson, Culbertson/Bainville, 14:51 and 12th, Jerek Summers, Wolf Point, 14:52.

Hapa said he had a good run, though he wishes he could run in the junior high boys’ race.

In the junior high girls’ race, Sierra Summers of Wolf Point placed first, clocking in at 8:52. Glasgow’s Emily Kolstad came in second at 9:12. Poplar’s Carlee Longtree came in third at 9:22 while Glendive’ Ryleigh McDonnell came in at fourth at 9:24.

Poplar’s Andrea Hale placed fifth at 9:26 with Wolf Point’s Journey Erickson right at her toes, coming in sixth at 9:28. Glendive’s Emily Kuehn came in seventh at 9:30. Hale’s teammate Ivy Lambert came in eighth at 9:51. Laresa Dale and Cyrenna Standing, both of Wolf Point, came in ninth and 10th at 9:52 and 9:56, respectively.

Other runners who placed were: 11th, Liz Holzer, Glendive, 9:59; 12th, Riley McDonald, Poplar, 10:06; 13th, Alaina Sallee, Glasgow, 10:07; 14th, Julia Temple, Glendive, 10:20; 15th, Jacona Youngman, Poplar, 10:23; 16th, Monica Carney, Glendive, 10:25; 17th, Little Sky Fasthorse, Poplar, 10:27.19; 18th, Kendra Kaufman, Glendive, 10:27.81; 19th, Skyler Scarphott, Glendive, 10:28; 20th, Katie Kaiser, Glasgow, 10:28; 21st, Kjerstern Rieger, Glendive, 10:53; 22nd, Kaylee King, Glasgow, 10:55; 23rd, Kam ryn Azure, Poplar, 10:58; 24th, Chloe Shields, Poplar, 11:42; 25th, Catherine Martin, Poplar, 11:58; 26th, Keagan Zerbe, Glasgow, 12:08; 27th, Jessica Turner, Glasgow, 12:24 and 28th, Muriko Mireau, Poplar, 12:27.

In the junior high boys’ race, Glasgow’s Ellis McKean came in first at 8:45 with Wolf Point’s Trey Fourstar coming in second at 8:45. McKean’s teammate Martin McKean came in third at 8:57. Poplar’s Kenny Smoker and Daunte Azure cam in fourth and fifth at 9:22 and 9:29, respectively.

Glasgow runner Bryce LaGare came in sixth at 9:38. Glendive’s Taylor Craig came in seventh at 9:54. LaGare’s teammate Colin Jamba came in eighth at 9:59 while Poplar’s Aaron Ayers came in ninth at 10:01. Glasgow’s Colton Pewitt came in 10th at 10:04.

Other runners who placed were: 11th, Lane Walker, Glendive, 10:07; 12th, Miles Stinnett, Glendive, 10:27; 13th, Leil Red Dog, Poplar, 10:31; 14th, DeMarko Lilley, Wolf Point, 10:41; 15th, Tejan Phipps, Glendive, 10:45; 16th, Brian Elder, Brockton, 10:49; 17th, Stormy Four Star, Poplar, 10:57; 18th, Miles Buckles, Poplar, 10:58; 19th, Tanner Overby, Glasgow, 11:03; 20th, Caleb Blount, Wolf Point, 11:28; 21st, Dion Hopkin, Poplar, 11:34; 22nd, Alec Christensen, Glendive, 12:34; 23rd, Jordan Billings ley, Glasgow, 13:05; 24th, Darryl Joe, Poplar, 13:05 and 25th, Andrew Svenvold, Glendive, 14:05.

Volleyball Honors Seniors, Holds Breast Cancer Fundraiser

The Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team went 1-1 in their matches this past weekend.

The Wolves faced the Plentywood Wildcats in the Wolves’ Den, Oct. 4. The Wildcats defeated the Wolves, 3-1. The set scores for the match were 25-15, 15-25, 25-17 and 25-20.

Plentywood senior middle hitter Cassidy Bummer led the match in aces and blocks with five each. She also led the match in kills with 15. The Wildcats’ senior defensive specialist Nicole Wangerin led both teams in digs with 17.

Wolf Point also displayed strong offense and defense throughout the match. Senior setter Sarah Hafner and junior outside hitter Sierra Hanks both led the Wolves in aces with three each. Hafner also led the match in sets with 25.

Senior middle blocker T’Elle Evans and junior outside hitter Christean Holen led the Wolves in kills with eight apiece. Holen would also lead Wolf Point in digs with 14. Junior middle blocker Mariah Weeks led the team in blocks with four.

In addition to the match itself, volleyball team held their “Pack the Gym in Pink” night.

Both teams wore pink shirts in support of breast cancer awareness. Many fans in attendance also wore pink.

The Lady Wolves had a fundraiser where they sold items and collected donations. They raised over $425 for the mammography department. Coach Jennifer Sweet expressed her appreciation to everyone for contributing to the cause.

Prior to the start of the varsity match, the four senior players of the volleyball team, Hafner, Evans, Sonica Archdale and Carry Vandall, were escorted by loved ones, presented with roses and honored by their coaches and teammates.

Archdale presented a star quilt to Evans, who has been her friend for many years. She also presented a star quilt to the Vandall family, who she had said was like a second family to her.

Players honored relatives, teachers and breast cancer survivors who were in attendance.

The C team presented a star quilt to the family of Wolf Point High School physical science and chemistry teacher Amanda Hardy, who died recently. The rest of the team came over and embraced the family, a display that received applause from the fans.

The next day, the Wolves traveled to Glasgow where they defeated the Scotties, 3-2. The set scores for the match were 10-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22 and 16-14.

The Lady Wolves will head to Baker to take on the Spartans in a rematch from earlier in the season, Oct. 12.

Seventh-Grade Volleyball Action

The Lady Wolves’ seventh-grade volleyball team competed in a jamboree hosted by Frontier, Oct. 5.

In their first game, the Lady Wolves lost to the Frontier Mustangs, 2-1. The set scores for the match were 25-19, 16-25 and 15-7.

In their second match, the Wolves defeated the Glasgow Scotties, 2-1. The set scores for this match were 22-25, 25-17 and 16-14.

Coach Melissa Cromwell said the Lady Wolves had a great battle against the M’ettes and were able to refocus after the first set and carried the momentum into their match against Glasgow.

Abby Juve was picked as the top defensive player for the Lady Wolves. Cromwell said Juve was “superb” in all positions and she made great saves. Juve scored 11 points with two aces.

Sky Johnston and Dani Vine were both picked as the top offensive players for Wolf Point. Cromwell noted that both Vine and Johnston were consistent with their serves. Johnston scored 13 points with four aces while Vine scored 12 points with four aces.

Other players who performed well include Hailey Brunelle, six points and two aces; Imani Bighorn, six points and two aces and Lauren Crawford, three points and one ace.

The Lady Wolves will play their final jamboree of the season Oct. 12 at Wolf Point.

National Honor Society Welcomes New Members

Family members and teachers sat in the audience as 10 students on stage were being inducted into the Wolf Point High School chapter of the National Honors Society.

The induction ceremony was held in the Wolf Point High School auditorium, Oct. 1.

Mike MacDonald was guest speaker at the ceremony. He informed the inductees that being a member of the honor society was more than a reward for being a good scholar. He said being a member was also about serving the community.

MacDonald also made reference to Alexis de Tocqueville’s book Democracy in America and explained the importance of civil organizations in society. He told the students to look at how an organization, like the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede committee, puts on a large event, like the rodeo, every year.

The speaker also spoke about the decline of organizations in the country and asked students to think about the consequences of what would happen if no one decided to be involved with the committee. He then presented a similar situation with the volunteer fire department and asked students to imagine what it would be like if no one chose to devote their time at the fire department.

MacDonald ended his speech by suggesting the students ask themselves the question, “How can I make my community better?”

Once MacDonald was finished, the current members of Wolf Point’s Honor Society lit candles that represented scholarship, leadership, character and service, the characteristics of the honor society. Each member who lit a candle recited the description of that characteristic.

After the candles were lit, current society members and inductees recited the society’s pledge. Sarah Hafner presented the newest members of the National Honor Society to the audience. Wolf Point High School assistant principal Brett Scott welcomed the new members on behalf of the staff and faculty.

After the ceremony, there was a dinner held in the high school multi-purpose room in honor of the new members.

Junior Ashley Page said being inducted in the honor society was a big accomplishment for her. She also said she looks forward to helping her community.

Junior Sierra Hanks also said getting chosen to be a part of the society was both an honor and a privilege.

“I hope we do good things this year,” Hanks said.

The 10 new National Honor Society members are: Sonica Archdale, daughter of Annette Linder; Ky’Anna Broesder, daughter of Kasey Garrett; Sierra Hanks, daughter of Michael and LaRae Hanks; Christean Holen, daughter of Chris and LaToya Holen; Mecalia Martin, daughter of Cam and Jodi Martin; Ashley Page, daughter of R.C. and Joelle Page; Erin Presser, daughter of Jeff Presser and Patty Presser; Thea Smith, daughter of Craig and Leanne Smith; Danielle Vermette, daughter of Deborah Vandall; and Gabrielle Wozinak, daughter of Jeff and Loretta Wozinak.

Burton Sentenced To Department Of Corrections


Richard John Burton was sentenced to 10 years at Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended at his appearance in Montana 15th Judicial Court Sept. 26 after being convicted of criminal endangerment.

Burton was arrested Feb. 4 after officers were informed of a possible crash by an intoxicated male driver, north of Culbertson.

Officers from Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Tom Beck, who made the report. Beck said the driver had gotten his pickup unstuck and traveled down County Road 2051. He said the truck had one headlight and damage caused by the male using a tractor to pull the truck out of the ditch.

Deputy Tim Lingle noticed a pickup traveling toward him with only the passenger headlight working. Lingle initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Richard Burton. When he learned that Burton did not have a valid driver’s licence, he checked the status of Burton’s driver’s licence. During this time, Burton drove away. Dispatch later informed Lingle the vehicle was stolen from Sheridan County.

Pursuit continued until Burton pulled over near the mile marker 10 in Richland County. He was arrested and transported to the Richland County jail.

Judge David Cybulski asked Burton if the presentence investigation report was accurate. Burton said the report listed a violation of possession of firearms, but it had been changed to trespassing. He said he had taken his father hunting and drove him to the property and that the report was making the incident “worse than what it was.”

Roosevelt County Attorney Ralph Patch recommended Burton be sentenced to Montana State Prison for five years.

Attorney Mark Epperson presented a report from Michelle Helgason, who wrote the presentence investigation report on Burton. Her recommendation was five years in Montana State Prison or Department of Corrections for his repeat serious alcohol problem.

Helgason said Burton had gone to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had been six months sober before drinking again. Epperson asked Helgason if Burton would have access to alcohol treatment programs. She said, at Department of Corrections, there were also possible programs for chemical dependency issues.

Epperson brought Burton’s mother, Julie Burton, as a witness. She confirmed that he had been living with her for approximately six weeks. She said his brother had given him a trailer and he is in the process of remodeling it.

Julie Burton said she had been down the path with her son a dozen times, though she said she had seen a change in his attitude recently. She also said he would read his Bible every night, which she had never seen him do. She said her son is a “good guy,” but he has a problem with drinking and she thinks it is the cause of his crimes. She also said that she would like to see him go through a five-year intensive alcohol treatment.

“He does so good in a controlled environment,” Julie Burton said.

Patch cross-examined her and asked if she was aware that her son had been drinking while he was out on bond. She said she saw signs of it.

Epperson said that Julie Burton did call the authorities to let them know that her son was passed out drunk. She confirmed she did inform the authorities, but they would not respond unless her son had committed a crime. She said that Indian Health Services pays for treatments, but her son has to go to the clinic voluntarily.

Epperson recommended Richard Burton serve five years at the Department of Corrections so he could have a better chance to address and control his chemical dependency issues.

Cybulski let the defendant make a statement. Richard Burton said he had periods of sobriety. He also said that it was unfair to claim that he was only sober while he was incarcerated as he had opportunities to get alcohol and drugs and chose not to do so.

He also said he had a good relationship with his boss at Columbia Grain and has had a better relationship with his children, including his daughter. He said he has been through the treatment programs at the department at corrections and knows what is available.

Cybulski said that prospects for Richard Burton to rehabilitate might be better if he had help for his alcohol problem. He modified the defense’s recommendation by sentencing him to 10 years at Department of Corrections with five years suspended. He said he wants to help Richard Burton succeed.

In addition, he will pay a net fine of $2,000.

Volleyball Ends Week With Three-Match Winning Streak

The Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team capped off their homecoming week by winning all three of their matches.

In the team’s most recent match, they defeated the Harlem Wildcats, 3-0, for the second time of the season. The set scores of the match were 25-10, 25-11 and 25-15.

The Wolves displayed strong offense in the first set with Christean Holen having back-to-back kills. She would lead the match with eight.

The Lady Wolves also had a commanding lead in the second set. Although the Wildcats had started to gain momentum in the third set, the Wolves took back the lead and finished the match strong. During this set, senior middle blocker T’Elle Evans and junior outside hitter Ky’Anna Broesder had kills in the third set. Evans led the match in aces with six.

Sarah Hafner once again shined as the team’s setter, leading the match with 17.

On defense, junior outside hitter Shelby Hanks led her team in digs with four, which was two less than Harlem’s Coco Moore, who led the match with six. Evans led the match in blocks with two.

The day before their match against the Wildcats, the Lady Wolves played the Poplar Indians. Despite being down two sets, the Lady Wolves were able to rebound from the losses and win the next three sets and the match, 3-2. The set scores were 22-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-21 and 15-10.

Evans led the game in aces while Hafner led her team in both digs and assists.

Prior to facing Poplar and Harlem, the Lady Wolves defeated the Westby Mondak Thunder, 3-0, Sept. 26. The set scores for the match were 25-19, 26-24 and 25-16.

The Wolves displayed impressive offense in this game with Evans, Holen and junior middle blocker Mariah Weeks leading their team in kills with seven apiece. Evans also led the game in aces with six.

The Lady Wolves’ junior varsity team won all three of their matches during homecoming week while the C team went 2-1 for the week.

The varsity volleyball team will play the Plentywood Wildcats, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Wolves’ Den.


Seventh-Grade Volleyball Defeats Poplar, Scobey

The Lady Wolves’ seventh-grade volleyball team traveled to Scobey to compete in a jamboree, Sept. 28.

In the first match, they defeated the Poplar Indians, 3-0. The set scores for the match were 25-23, 25-13 and 15-6. In their second contest, the Wolves defeated the

Scobey Spartans, 2-0. The set scores for that match were 25-22 and 25-22.

Imani Big Horn was voted the top offensive player of the Wolves. She scored 21 points. Abby Juve and Darlene MacDonald also performed well on offense, leading their team in aces, with two apiece.

Hailey Brunelle was selected as the top defensive player of the game. Coach Melissa Cromwell noted that Brunelle was constant with her passing and net play.

Cromwell said the team has improved on the serve receive and that they need to focus on using all of their hits. She also said the team works hard in practice, which carries over into their game play.

Wolf Point has defeated all but one of the teams in their conference. They will play their next jamboree, Oct. 5, at Wolf Point High School hosted by Frontier.