White Earth Nation

Who We Are

 

Board of Directors/Administrative Staff/History

Board of Directors


Mike Swan Chair
Gerald Roberts Vice Chair
Tom McArthur Treasurer
Harley Hanson Secretary
Don York Member
Leonard Wells Member
Marv Sargent Member
Sandra St. Claire Member
George Auginash Member
Brent Gish Member
David Goodman Member
Emily Annette Member
Priscilla Johnson Member

 


Administrative Offices

PO Box 186
2531 310th Avenue
Naytahwaush, MN 56566

Tim Reiplinger- Chief Professional Officer
 
Peggie Chisholm- Resource Development Coordinator
 
 
 
 
 

Our History
 
 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the White Earth Reservation (BGCWER) is located on the White Earth Reservation in Northwest Minnesota. The Reservation encompasses 1,300 square miles and contains all of Mahnomen County and parts of Clearwater and Becker Counties. BGCWER was chartered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and incorporated by the State of Minnesota in 2002. A Board of Directors was formed to begin planning and implementation of Club facilities and activities throughout the Reservation.
 
The BGCWER is a multi-unit non-profit organization with Club’s located in the communities of Naytahwaush, Pine Point, Mahnomen, Rice Lake, White Earth, Callaway and Elbow Lake. Our mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The BGCWER is dedicated to ensuring youth have access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. The BGCWER offers diverse programs in five core areas;  Education & Technology, Art & Cultural Enrichment, Leadership & Service, Health & Lifeskills and Sports & Recreation.
 
The organization’s first Unit Club is located in Mahnomen County in the community of Naytahwaush. The Naytahwaush Unit has 244 youth members and services an average of 40-50 youth per day throughout the school year and during the summer. Nationally recognized prevention/educational programs like SMART Moves, Project Learn, Goals for Growth, Power Hour, T.R.A.I.L. and others are implemented at this Club to provide at risk youth positive outlets that help them develop as young people. The Club also provides youth an opportunity to engage and embrace the Native American culture through programs and activities such as: Sons & Daughters of Tradition, Pow Wows, Regalia Development, Culture Camps and Cultural Arts.
 
The second Unit Club was chartered in 2004 and is located in Becker County in the community of Pine Point. The Pine Point Unit has 125 youth members and services an average of 25-35 youth per day throughout the school year and during the summer. The Pine Point Club provides many of the same programs and cultural opportunities as the Naytahwaush Club to help young people reach their full potential.
 
The third Unit Club was chartered in 2006 and is located in Mahnomen County in the community of Mahnomen.  Mahnomen is the largest community on the Reservation at a little over 1,200 residents. The Mahnomen Unit has 409 youth members and services over 50 youth per day throughout the school year and during the summer. The Mahnomen Unit delivers many of the same programs as the other two Club Units and has a good partnership with the largest school on the Reservation.
 
The fourth Unit Club was chartered in 2007 and is located in Clearwater County in the community of Rice Lake. The Rice Lake Unit has 111 youth members and serves an average of 20-30 youth per day throughout the school year and into the summer. The Rice Lake Unit provides many of the same programs with a strong emphasis on outside the Club activities such as the educational field trip in 2010 to the Crazy Horse monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
 
The fifth Unit Club was chartered in 2008 and is located in Becker County in the community of White Earth. The White Earth Reservation Tribal Headquarters are located in White Earth. The White Earth Unit has 115 youth members and serves an average of 25-35 youth per day throughout the school year and into the summer. They also utilize all of the programming as mentioned in the other sites.
 
The sixth Unit Club was also chartered in 2008 and is located in Becker County in the community of Callaway. The Callaway Unit has 121 youth members and serves an average of 15-25 youth per day throughout the school year and into the summer. The Callaway Unit is very fortunate to partner with the Foster Grandparent Program and implement intergenerational programming. They also implement many of the programs mentioned earlier.
 
The seventh Club is located in Becker County in the community of Elbow Lake. Due to the size of the community the Elbow Lake Club is not chartered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America but we operate the program as if they were. The Elbow Lake Club serves an average of 15-20 youth per day throughout the school year and in the summer. Social recreation and educational enhancement are a couple of the more popular programs offered at the Elbow Lake Club.
 
The BGCWER currently serves over 1,100 youth between seven communities. These successes are a direct result of the collaborations we have formed with the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, local school districts, area businesses, University of Minnesota Extension Services and 4-H as well as other youth serving non-profits or programs. The organization has more than tripled its annual operating budget since 2002 by diversifying our funding streams and working closely with our funders to develop lasting relationships as well as gain new relationships. In June, 2007 our organization merged with the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council to work together and reach out to more youth who need our services on the Reservation. It is our goal as an organization to have a Club Unit in every community throughout the Reservation and reach out to all young people that may need our services.